OAST on the Coast

OAST Conference 2019

Oregon Association of Surgical Technologists State Conference held at CMH

By Molly May, Manager of CMH Surgical Services

In early October, CMH and our team of Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) hosted the Oregon Association of Surgical Technologists (OAST) State Conference.

You may not be aware, but at CMH, we employ five CSTs. They are nationally certified through the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).

The AST defines the role of the CST: “Surgical technologists prepare the operating room, including the sterile field, setting up surgical equipment, supplies and solutions. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments, fluids and supplies to the surgeon and prepare and manage surgical equipment. Surgical technologists simultaneously manage the sterile field and specimens. Surgical technologists perform a count of sponges and supplies to prevent foreign retained objects. Surgical technologists are certified following successful completion of a CAAHEP-accredited program or other programmatically-accredited surgical technology program and the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.”

Dr. Michael Murdock giving presentation

At the conference, which we coined “OAST on the Coast,” several of our CMH providers took time out of their weekend to speak to the more than 75 registered participants. Topics included:

  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery: Dr. Juliette Moore
  • C-Sections: Dr. Sarah Humphrey
  • Isosulfan Blue (A Case Report): Erik Williams, DNAP, CRNA
  • Planetree: Kristen Moss
  • Mako Robot Knee Arthroplasty: Stryker Rep
  • MPJ Joint Fusion: Dr. Michael Murdock

The presenters were informative and fun. The entire room chuckled during Erik’s presentation (on a serious subject). Kristen led the ever-popular Egg Drop Activity as she introduced person-centered care to a full house. The audience clearly had a better understanding of Planetree and how we incorporate it, even in surgery. Dr. Murdock led a skill lab complete with instrumentation, power drills and feet bones for hands-on instruction and practice. 

This was the first time “OAST on the Coast” was held, and the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Many shared it was the best state conference they had ever attended. 

I would like to recognize our CSTs for their teamwork and dedication to the profession for organizing this conference. Our team includes: Lisa Smith, Kami Croswhite, Laura Mart, Cynthia Manzano and Betsey Williams. They are all nationally certified and active members of their professional organization. Well done, ladies, and thank you, again, for your efforts and leadership during the conference!