Advances in science and technology in health care involves team work among clinicians, non-clinicians and allied health professionals. India is fast emerging on a global medical tourism hub with international patient base growing in double digits every year. This rising trend has resulted in an increase in investment by health care providers installing best in class equipment upgrading medical technology and quality accreditation.
In the current scenario physicians depend on sophisticated machinery and technology, to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis. The success of the procedures and safety of patients depends largely on the reliability, smooth and trouble free performance of these equipment’s and ability of skilled manpower to operate the same. Thus, there is increased need for qualified and trained professionals in the system.
Allied healthcare professionals (AHPs) who can handle these equipment form an indispensable team members for successful management of patients.
In order to ensure global acceptability of the graduates, the current curriculum structure is divided into smaller sections with focus on hours of studying that are converted into credit hours as per the international norms followed by various other countries.
A competency-based program focuses on blend of skills and knowledge based on the needs of the community. The main competencies that have been identified as essential in an allied health care professional are clinical knowledge, patient care and communication approaches, which is then developed to teach relevant content across a range of courses and settings.
An operation theatre (OT) technologist forms an intrinsic part of any hospital and facilitates the surgical procedures, planned and emergency both, by preparing in advance the equipment that are necessary for any surgical procedures. He/she also looks after all the work and management of the operation theatre which includes managing the patients in and out of operation theatre, looking after all the surgical equipment, arrangement of operation theatre table, dressing table, anaesthesia table as well as management of the staff. As the surgical branch has various specialty including General Surgery, OBG, Cardiac, Ortho and genito-urinary, the OT, the technologists need to know about these various specialties.