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Posted by A.K. Singh Sr. Instructor, O.T. Technology on July 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM


Operation Theatre Technician: After passing the examination of Diploma or Degree in Operation Theatre Technician/Technology he or she works in the operation theatre in operating room, Uses his/her technical knowledge & skill to perform the duties assigned to him/her. O.T.  Technician is a qualified person, is the member of the surgical team. The team consists of Anesthetist, Anaesthesia assistant / technician, Surgeons, Assistant to the Surgeon, SR’s, JR’s, First assistant, Circulator, Nursing staff. etc.

Duties and Responsibilities: Depends up on the type of duty given to him or her such as;

                                 As an anaesthesia assistant/technician.

                                 As a circulator,

                                 As an Instrument trolley technician/asst,

                                 As a scrub technician/assistant

                                 As a first assistant etc.

Operation Theatre Technician has to carry out the routine work pre-opreratively such as:






                                      Ultra Violet (UV) lighting etc..

So that the environment is free from the diseases causing microrganisms & the required instruments, linen, dressing materials etc are free from the pathogenic microorganisms & ready for the use in operation.

Operation Theatre Technician can be detailled to work at various important places depending upon his caliber, capacity & capability such as Pre-Operative Room "Where The Patient's are kept before the operation" & Post Operatve Room "where the patient's are kept after the operation" where he/she checks the vital signs of the patient before & after the anaesthesia/operation.

Post operative/anaesthesia care may be taken by the nursing staff if the required number of O.T. Technician's are not available.

The preparation of Operation Theatre:

                                           Anesthesia drugs trolley:

                                           Instruments trolley for the operation:

                                          Special instrument trolley

                                          Special equipments or the day's surgery

                                          Preparation of mayo trolley

                                          Equipments: Equipment used are:

                                                      Cardiac Monitor Boyle’s machine

                                                      Pulse Oximeter

                                                      Suction machine


                                                      Ophthalmic Microscope


                                                      C-arm image intencifier unit

                                                      Infusion Pump Bipolar

                                                      Monopolar cautery

                                                      ENT Microscope

                                                      Laparoscopy equipment with Camera etc.

It is not necessary that all the above equipments/instruments will be present in all the OT’s in the hospitals & nursing homes where he/she is employed.

An Operation Theatre Technician is the back bone of the Operation Theatre and an Operation Theatre is the back bone of the hospital. Therefore the requirement of a Qualified & an experienced O.T. Technician always exists in all the good & big hospitals & nursing homes. The O.T. can not run in a proper manner without the qualified O.T. Technician. They perform many things behind the doors of the operation theatre & the success of the operative procedure / surgery / operation / anaesthesia greatly depends upon them. Many things are done,

a) Prior to the operation (Preoperatively)

b) During the operation: (Intraoperatiively) &

c) After the operation: (Post operatively) “which can not be discussed in these few lies”.

Future of O.T. Technician: In my view it's very bright, certainly by the virtue of skill, ability & technical knowledge, he/she fetches the post’s like, in the Department of surgery in operation theatre as;

Managers: There should be a time bound promotion

Superintendent Operation Theatre “Above Twenty Years experience”.

Deputy Superintendent O.T. “Above fifteen years experience”.

Supervisor O.T. “Above twelve years experience.


Senior OT Technician “Above eight years experience”.

Junior OT Technician “Below eight years experience”.

In the department of CSSD;

In-charge CSSD.

Supervisor CSSD.

Sr. CSSD Technician.

Jr. CSSD Technician.

Anesthesia assistant/technician

Sr. Anesthesia Technician

Jr. Anesthesia Technician

So appointment can be made for a diploma holder according to his qualification & experience gained after the diploma.

The promotion & pay scale entirely depends upon the employer & the hospital rules & policy or contract between the employer & the employee.

Operation Theatre Technician can also be placed in the ICU’s (Intensive Care Unit’s) in special circumstances. Their skill knowledge will certainly bring them laurels.

About the author of Title “Operation Theatre Technician”

Sr. Instructor “O.T. Technology” E-mail: lottphysio@yahoo.co.in

Anil Kr. Singh (Ex-POMA Indian-Navy) Phone: 0522-4026911

DPT “SIP & Allied Sciences, SHRC” Lucknow Mobile: 9839121266,

DORT “SNDTW’S University, Mumbai“ Clinic: E-2796, Rajajipuram, Lko, U.P.

Dip.S. Public Health RGP (New Delhi), ND, BA (AU)

Certificate of Proficiency “ORT” Class-I (Indian-Navy).

Certificate of Proficiency “ORT” Class-II (Indian-Navy).

SR Practitioner, Physiotherapist.

Experience: More than 30 years in Health Care Industry, 27 years in Operation Theatre & teaching more than 10 years.

Ex-Dialysis Technologist “The Dept. of Nephrology” Command Hospital (CC) Lucknow, U.P.

Ex-Consultant Rallis India Ltd. “Pharma-Division” Headquarters Lucknow.(U.P.)India.

Ex-Officer-in-charge, MRO Era’s Lucknow Medical College & Hospital, Lucknow (UP) India.

Ex-Supervisor O.T. Era’s Lucknow Medical College & Hospital, Lucknow (UP) India.

Ex-in-charge O.T. Makker Medical Centre/IVF Melbourn UP, MMC, Lucknow, UP, India.

Ex-(POMA) Instructor/Inspector Indian-Navy.

Ex-Instructor ELMC&H, Lucknow (UP) India.

Ex-Instructor Institute of Paramedical, Chinhat Devan Road Lucknow, UP, India.

Ex-Instructor Institute of Public Health Care & Diagnostic Sciences, Rai Bareilly Road, Lucknow.

Ex-Instructor Indian Institute of Paramedical Sciences City Hosp.& Trauma Ctr. Almbg. Lucknow.

Ex-Instructor, Charak Institute of Paramedical & Helath sciences, & School of Nursing, Hardoi road, Lucknow.

Ex-Instructor, St. Mary's Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Kursi road, Gaura bag, Lucknow.




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