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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Surgical Technologist Week

WHEREAS, for over 60 years, surgical technology has grown to meet the ever-increasing demand for well-educated, highly skilled, and versatile surgical technologists; and

WHEREAS, surgical technologists are entrusted with the lives and well-being of patients and provide a critical service during surgical procedures; and

WHEREAS, over 90,000 surgical technologists nationwide are an integral part of the surgical team committed to providing the highest quality of surgical care to patients; and

WHEREAS, surgical technologists are responsible for the application of sterile and aseptic technique in the operating room, ensuring that equipment functions properly, and facilitating safe and effective conduct during invasive surgical procedures; and

WHEREAS, surgical technologists strive to prevent life-threatening surgical site infections and maximize patient safety; and

WHEREAS, certified surgical technologists graduate from an accredited program and, after passing the national examination, are awarded certification by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting; and

WHEREAS, the surgical technologist’s motto “Aeger Primo,” meaning “the patient first,” reflects total commitment to patient safety and advocacy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize September 17-23, 2023, as SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.