(10) Prepare suture material.
(11) Count sponges with circulator (witnessed by registered nurse).
(12) Gown and glove the surgeon.
(13) Assist surgeon with draping.
(14) When ready to begin assisting the surgeon, move Mayo stand into
(15) Pass instruments, sponges, supplies, and sutures to surgeon.
(16) Anticipate the surgeon's needs.
(17) Remove loose sponges from operative area as necessary.
(18) Recount sponges with circulator (witnessed by registered nurse).
(19) Assist surgeon with dressing sponges.
(20) Move sterile tables away from operating table.
(21) Remain sterile until patient leaves the room.
(22) Prepare instruments and supplies, used and unused, for clean up.
(23) Remove supplies from room and put in proper place.
(24) Assist circulator in preparing for next operation.
c. Circulating Duties. The circulator is the member of the surgical team who
works outside the sterile field, gives patient care, procedures needed supplies, and
assists surgical team members in performing the operation safely and expeditiously. He
dons conductive shoes, cap, mask, and greens (pants and shirt). The specialist
assigned to circulate assembles and brings into the room all packs, supplies, and
equipment needed for the case; he ties the gowns for "sterile" members of the team and
sets up nonsterile items of equipment; he also performs other nonsterile duties. His
routine tasks are to:
Check DD Form 1923, OR Schedule.
Damp dust all equipment and wet-vacuum floor prior to a surgical