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Anesthesia Resources

Cardiovascular Surgery

Careers & Employment

Continuing Medical Education


Endoscopy & GI

History of Surgery & Medicine

Insurance & Billing

Lab Values & Vital Signs


Neurosurgery & Spine


Patient Safety

Pharmacology & Drugs

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Organizations


State Associations

Sterile Processing & Central Service

Student Success

Surgical Instruments

Surgical Product Manufacturers

Suture & Needles

Anesthesia Resources

  • Links to resources related to anesthesics, equipment, and other anesthesia information.

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The Anesthesia Gas Machine 2009

The Anesthesia Gas Machine
A complete reference for all of the components of an anesthesia machine.

Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Links to resources related to cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

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Our medical technologies help make it possible for millions of people to resume everyday activities, return to work, and live better, longer.

Careers & Employment

  • Job Boards, search engines, and other career information.

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A great site for Surgical Assistant job searches. Search job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.

Medical Career Source

Medical Career
National job board for healthcare professionals.

Surgical Assistant Jobs

Surgical Assistant
Designed exclusively for Surgical Assistants, provides a growing database of Surgical First Assistant jobs.

Continuing Medical Education

  • Each of these CE/CME providers is approved by either NBSTSA, NSAA, or ABSA. Check with your specific credentialing agency for more information.

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American Diabetes Association

American Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.

Ansell Healthcare

Link to Ansell University continuing education for STs and RNs.

AO North America

AO North
AO North America is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of patient care in orthopaedic, craniomaxillofacial, and veterinary surgery.

Association of Surgical Technologists - CE's

A benefit for AST members... 21 CEs for $35 - CE Booklet 2007.

CE Medicus

The mission of CE Medicus is to provide healthcare professionals with convenient online access to quality continuing education programming in a personalized setting.

CME Corner

Your resource for free professional education publications, videos, multimedia, and online activities designed for healthcare professionals.

CME List

This is the annotated list of online Continuing Medical Education (CME).

Free CME

Free CME's compiled by the largest publisher of healthcare news letters in the world.

Health Stream

Health Stream research provides a unique combination of customized research and healthcare expertise to more than 1,100 healthcare facilities throughout the nation.

The Heart

Everything you ever needed to know about the heart, from Web, MD.

MedScape offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools.

Pfiedler Enterprises
Pfiedler Enterprises continuing medical education.

South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium

Established in 1972, the South Carolina AHEC exists to help improve the health of South Carolina.

SterilMed provides access to on-line educational opportunities for nurses and other professionals.


  • Links relevant to Surgical First Assistant education.

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Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

The mission of the ARC/STSA is to provide recognition for the quality of the education programs in its system to the public.

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
As a leader in health education accreditation for over 40 years, ABHES has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency since 1968. It has been at the forefront of advancing the quality of health education programs throughout the country.

ACS Division of Education

ACS Division of
The mission of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education is to enhance the care of surgical patients and actively promote patient safety...

Association for Surgical Education

Association for Surgical
The mission of the Association for Surgical Education is to promote, recognize, and reward excellence, innovation and scholarship in surgical education.

CAAHEP Accredited Program Search

CAAHEP Program
The list of accredited programs on the CAAHEP website is continually updated. Please note that we have no information about programs that have not been accredited by CAAHEP.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field.

Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet state and national standards.

OR Live

OR Live is the world's leading surgical broadcasting company.

Spine Universe Professional

Great resource for spinal anatomy, pathology, treatment, surgical intervention, and a wealth of other information related to the spine.

Stream OR

A Digital Window to the OR for Physicians, Trainees, and Patients. Featuring Cutting Edge Open and Endoscopic Surgery From the World's Leading Medical Centers.

Vesalius Surgical Education
Our mission at Vesalius is to carry the pioneering tradition established by Vesalius and Leonardo into the 21st century, by creating a state-of-the-art, Internet-based resource for surgical education.

Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics
This is the most comprehensive, unparalleled, dynamic online medical textbook in existence.

Endoscopy & GI

  • Links to resources related to endoscopic and gastrointestinal surgery.

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American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in endoscopy.

The Atlas of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Atlas of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
This site is presented for educational and general informational purposes only. It does not purport to offer medical advice for any specific medical condition or individual patient.

The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) represents national societies of endoscopy in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa.

Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News
Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, is an independent monthly newspaper providing up-to-date, comprehensive, and objective specialty-specific news to gastroenterologists, colon and rectal surgeons, and hepatologists.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is published by Elsevier for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy

The International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy was formed in 1989 by a group committed endoscopists from Europe and North America, who were soon joined by others from all over the world.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is an information dissemination service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Olympus GI
Olympus offers a full line of Endoscopy equipment. A large part of our goal is to "Enhance the Scope of Patient Care" by offering ergonomically designed, minimally invasive instruments with outstanding optics for you and your patients.

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

SAGES represents a worldwide community of surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients in every country. We represent over 6,000 surgeons and allied health professionals.

Solos Endoscopy

Solos Endoscopy
When it comes to endoscopy, we sell the best. Backed by technical support, our knowledgeable sales team can help you make the right buying decisions for your operating room, surgery center, or even your office.

Stryker Endoscopy

Stryker Endoscopy
Stryker is a broadly based, global leader in medical technology that delivers exceptional results. We are one of the largest players in the $35.6 billion worldwide orthopaedic market and our products help medical professionals improve their patients.

US Endoscopy

US Endoscopy
Founded in 1991, US Endoscopy is a privately held, family-owned company specializing in device design and manufacturing of accessories for GI endoscopy.

World Organisation of Digestive Endoscopy

The World Organisation of Digestive Endoscopy, OMED, is a world federation of national digestive endoscopy societies.

History of Surgery & Medicine

  • Historical resources outlining the advancement of surgical treatments.

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Greek and Roman Surgical Instruments

Greek and Roman Surgical Instruments
Physicians in the Classical World had access to a variety of surgical instruments that were designed to aid them in their treatment of the sick. Several ancient texts mention the use of surgical tools and several of these texts offer a brief description of some of the instruments used by doctors in antiquity.

Surgical Instruments from Ancient Rome

Surgical Instruments from Ancient Rome
The original instruments were excavated from the House of the Surgeon at Pompeii, so named because of the materials that were recovered there.

Insurance & Billing

  • Links relevant to insurance issues and billing for Surgical Assistant Services.

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Medical Data Solutions

Medical Data
Medisoft is the number one selling medical billing software of medical offices and billing services.

National Plan & Provider Enumeration System

The National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) collects identifying information on health care providers and assigns each a unique National Provider Identifier (NPI).

Lab Values & Vital Signs

  • Links outlining patient lab values, ranges, and vital signs.

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Global RPH

The GlobalRPH Web Site is an online information service provided by GlobalRPh Inc.

University of Minnesota - Lab Values

Comprehensive table of normal patient lab values.


  • List of product dealers and manufacturers offering merchandise for Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants.

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Medical Scrubs Outlet

Medical Scrubs
Your online store of all of your medical scrubs and uniform needs.

Neurosurgery & Spine

  • Links to neurosurgical resources and manufacturers of specialty neuro and spine equipment and implants.

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Depuy Spine

DePuy Spine, Inc. is an operating company of DePuy, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers, and suppliers of orthopaedic devices and supplies.


Medtronic Spinal
Medtronic spinal/bone therapies offer pain relief and minimally invasive alternatives.

Stealth Surgical

Stealth Surgical, LLC was founded with the sole purpose of providing our customers with the highest-quality and broadest line of German surgical instruments across the Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Spine specialties.

Synthes Spine

The spine portfolio of Synthes covers products for the treatment of degenerative instabilities, fractures, tumors, and deformities, offering a full range of solutions for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Zimmer Spine

A global leader in medical devices, orthopaedic implants, and spine surgery innovation, Zimmer Spine works with neurosurgeons to improve range of motion and enhance the quality of life for patients with back pain, neck pain, degenerative disc conditions, and spine injuries due to trauma.


  • Links to orthopaedic resources and manufacturers of orthopaedic devices, instruments, and implants.

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Since 1981, Arthrex, Inc. has maintained its original commitment to provide the finest quality engineered products and educational services for orthopaedic surgeons.

Biomet Trauma

The science and art of medical care is to provide the right solution for each individual patient. This requires clinical mastery, a human connection between the surgeon and the patient, and the right tools for each situation. At Biomet, we strive to view our work through the eyes of one surgeon and one patient.


DePuy Mitek, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is the leading developer and manufacturer of innovative surgical sports medicine and soft tissue repair devices.

The mission of our Group is to allow patients to regain a healthier and more active lifestyle through products and services which make surgery and rehabilitation faster, more effective and less painfully.

Since our founding in 1980, Orthofix has enjoyed a proud history of successes by providing surgeons and our patients with innovative solutions for trauma and spine fusion.

Smith & Nephew

Smith &
For over 150 years, Smith & Nephew has developed advanced medical devices for healthcare professionals around the world. Our pioneering technologies enable nurses, surgeons and other medical practitioners to provide effective treatment more quickly and economically.

Stryker is a broadly based, global leader in medical technology with a history of success and exceptional growth.

Synthes is a leading global medical device company. We develop, produce and market instruments, implants and biomaterials for the surgical fixation, correction and regeneration of the human skeleton and its soft tissues.

Zimmer is well-known for bringing outstanding medical education courses to the orthopaedic community. We have a long tradition of helping surgeons, residents, physician assistants, nurses, and other key hospital personnel stay current with important issues of the day, new technology, and surgical techniques.

Patient Safety

  • Organizations and links to information supporting patient safety in the operating room.

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Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety
The Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) is an incorporated multidisciplinary coalition of professional organizations whose members are involved in the care of surgical patients. Each of these seven organizations has two voting members on the CSPS which constitutes the Board of Directors.

Nora Institute for Surgical Patient Safety

The Nora Institute for Surgical Patient Safety is a premier resource for surgical patient safety information.  The American College of Surgeons has a proud tradition of developing programs to ensure that surgical patients receive safe, effective care.

Pharmacology & Drugs

  • Links to resources such as electronic PDR's, databases, and other drug facts.

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Medline Plus Drugs

Medline Plus
Comprehensive drug database brought to you by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Rx List

Searchable database of drugs and pharmacological agents.

Professional Liability Insurance

  • Companies offering professional liability (malpractice) insurance to Surgical First Assistants.

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CM&F Group

Professional liability insurance policy recommended by the National Surgical Assistant Association with a discount to active members.

Dyer Insurance Agency

Professional liability insurance policy offering a discount to ABSA members.

Marsh & Associates

Marsh &
Professional liability recommended by the Association of Surgical Technologists and the Association of Surgical Assistants offering a discount to active members.

Professional Organizations

  • Links to professional organizations related to the field of Surgical First Assisting.

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American Academy of Family Physicians
The American Academy of Family Physicians is the national association of family doctors. It is one of the largest national medical organizations, with more than 94,600 members in 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

American Academy of Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the only national professional association that represents all PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the armed forces, and the federal services.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Founded in 1933, the Academy is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world.

American Association for Thoracic Surgery
Founded in 1917 by the earliest pioneers in the field of thoracic surgery, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is now an international organization of over 1200 members consisting of the world.

American Association of Nuerological Surgeons
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is the organization that speaks for all of neurosurgery. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to promote the highest quality of patient care.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association for more than 37,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists.

American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants
AASPA supports the Surgical PA profession by addressing the needs of its membership, by marketing the profession, offering quality cost-effective CME, assisting with professional issues and providing a forum for networking and the exchange of ideas.

American Board of Surgical Assistants
The American Board of Surgical Assistants (ABSA), was founded in 1987, by Paul F. Weeks, M.D. as a national credentialing organization, for surgical assistants.

American College of Surgeons

American College of
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) was established in 1913, at the initiative of Franklin Martin, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL, as a surgical society dedicated to promoting the highest standards of surgical care through education of, and advocacy, for its Fellows and their patients, and to safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."

American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities.

American Medical Association
Our mission at the American Medical Association is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

American Orthopaedic Association
Founded in 1887, the AOA is the oldest and most distinguished orthopaedic association in the world. It has been the parent of several major orthopaedic organizations.

American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians
The mission of the ASATT is to establish a professional entity for the field of Anesthesia Technology that will positively affect health care and quality standards, by raising the standards of patient care and by providing a safe anesthetic environment.

American Society of Anesthesiologists

American Society of
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

American Society of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants
Established and incorporated in 1976, the American Society of Orthopaedic Physician's Assistants (ASOPA) is an organization for physician extenders who specialize in orthopaedic Board-certified surgery.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
AORN is a professional association that empowers the OR nurse with education, standards of practice, and peer networking.

Association of Surgical Assistants

Association of Surgical
National association for all non-physician surgical assistants regardless of professional credential.

Association of Surgical Technologists
AST is the only national organization that represents over 55,000 surgical technologists and surgical assistants. Established in 1969, AST is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. On the local level, 43 formed state assemblies address member concerns and issues.

National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists
Established in 1982, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ORTHOPAEDIC TECHNOLOGISTS (NAOT) is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through the continued educational development of orthopaedic allied health care professionals who specialize in casting, splinting and bracing.

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), formerly the LCC-ST, was established in 1974 as the certifying agency for surgical technologists.

National Surgical Assistant Association
The National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA) was the first organization in the country to establish standards of professionalism and proficiency for Non Physician Surgical Assistants.

North American Spine Society
NASS is a multidisciplinary medical organization dedicated to fostering the highest quality, evidence-based, and ethical spine care by promoting education, research, and advocacy.


  • Links to web resources containing useful information for the Surgical First Assistant.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Government agency responsible for public health, communicable diseases, and other related issues.

Federation of State Medical Boards
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national non-profit organization representing the 70 medical boards of the United States and its territories.

Health Professions Network

Health Professions
The Health Professionals Network (HPN) is a nationwide collaborative group of organizations representing leading health professions associations, accrediting agencies, and educational institutions, as well as, federal and state workforce analysts and licensing and certification bodies.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

The Joint Commission

Formerly The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Medline Plus Health Information

Medline Plus
A healthcare database from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. This resource contains a drug database, medical encyclopedia, medical dictionary, news, and more.

Web MD

Searchable database of health information and news.

World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

State Associations

  • Links to Surgical First Assistant associations and societies by state.

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Colorado Association of Surgical Assistants
The Colorado Association of Surgical Assistants (CASA) is dedicated to the recognition, growth and legislation of the profession of Surgical Assisting in the state of Colorado and to the benefit of Surgical Assistants throughout the entire country. **This site continues to remain inactive.

Florida Association of Surgical Assistants
The Florida Association of Surgical Assistants (FASA) is a non-profit organization formed to create a unified voice for Florida.

Georgia Society of Surgical Assistants
The GSSA in conjunction with AST, ABSA, and NSAA is working on legislation in the state of Georgia. **This site continues to remain inactive.

Illinois Surgical Assistant Association
The ISAA was formed in 1998 for surgical assistants to have a voice at the state government level. However, since that time, it has grown to become a source for surgical assistants looking for certifying and/or State registration information and networking opportunities.

Sterile Processing & Central Service

  • Links to resources related to sterile processing, central service, hospital distribution, and infection control.

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Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution
The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD), formerly the NICHSPDP, is a non-profit Certification Board which plans, develops and administers competency-based "International" certification examinations for personnel performing cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and inventory management activities, regardless of the setting.

International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management
The premier association for Central Service and Sterile Processing professionals for more than 50 years.

Sterile Processing University

Sterile Processing
Welcome to Sterile Processing "University", (SPU) LLC. This is a place for individuals wishing to learn the sterile processing profession or continuing their sterile processing education through approved Continuing Education programs.

Student Success

  • List of resources providing help with study habits, memorization, research paper writing, and other information for students.

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Franklin Covey Mission Statement Builder

Mission Statement
You have a purpose in life. You know in your heart what's most important to you. In fact, your mission and values are expressed every day, by how you live.

Student Success Supersite

Student Success
Here you will find a number of feautures to help you through your lifelong educational journey.

Surgical Instruments

  • List of resources with information about surgical instrument manufacturers, types, uses, care, and handling.

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Surgical Instrument Pictures

Surgical Instrument
This website is designed for physicians, nurses, surgical technicians, and anyone else interested in becoming familiar with surgical instruments.

Suture & Needles

  • List of resources with information about suture types and techniques, and surgical needles.

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Suru International - Suture and Surgical Needle Manual

This website is a great resource for those interested in refining their knowledge of sutures and surgical needles.



Quick Links

American Board of Surgical Assistants

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Association of Surgical Assistants

Association of Surgical Technologists

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

Illinois Surgical Assistant Association

The Joint Commission

Medline Plus

National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

National Surgical Assistant Association