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WHEREAS, for over 60 years, surgical technology has grown to meet the consistent and increasing demand for well-educated, highly-skilled and versatile surgical technologists;
WHEREAS, surgical technologists are entrusted with the lives and well-being of patients and provide a critical service during surgical procedures;
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;
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;
WHEREAS, surgical technologists strive to prevent life-threatening surgical site infections and maximize patient safety;
WHEREAS, Certified Surgical Technologists graduate from an accredited program and receive certification conferred by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting;
WHEREAS, the surgical technologist’s motto “Aeger Primo, the patient first” reflects commitment to patient safety and advocacy;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 19-25, 2021, as NATIONAL SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.