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 receive certification conferred by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting based upon passage of the national examination; and
WHEREAS, the surgical technologist’s motto, “Aeger Primo, the patient first,” reflects total commitment to patient safety and advocacy;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 16-22, 2019, as SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.