CVOR techs, also called cardiovascular operating room techs, are allied health professionals who specialize in supporting surgical teams during operations involving the cardiovascular system. They play a pivotal role in the operating room and embrace a challenging position that can be stressful and fast-paced, but often filled with lifesaving situations that many find highly rewarding.
CVOR Tech salary
ZipRecruiter listed an average annual salary of $71,064 for CVOR surgical techs in January 2021. This works out to about $34.17 per hour, which is the equivalent of approximately $1,367 per week.
Per NurseFly salary data, travel CVOR techs earned an average gross weekly salary of $1,641 during this same period but some CVOR tech jobs paid as much as $3,816 per week. Travel allied health professionals who can claim a permanent tax-home typically earn a taxable salary and non-taxable compensations for housing, meals, and living expenses.
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CVOR Tech FAQs
What does a CVOR Tech do?
CVOR techs assist cardiac surgeons before, during, and after various types of heart surgeries. They prepare the cardiovascular operating room, help with preoperative transport, and assist and support the surgical team during the operation by preparing and providing equipment and instruments under the direction of registered nurses, CV surgeons, and anesthesiologists. Throughout the procedure, they help monitor the patient, and afterward, they assist with transporting the patient to a recovery room or CVICU. Common tasks they may perform or assist with include:
Assembling appropriate supplies and instruments before surgical procedures
Anticipating surgeons’ needs during surgical procedures
Handing instruments and supplies to surgeons
Maintaining accurate counts of instruments, sponges, and other supplies
Autoclaving instrument trays
Ensuring specimens are properly handled and sent to the proper locations
Maintaining current knowledge of various surgical procedures and supplies
Providing support wherever needed
Where do CVOR Techs work?
What skills make a good CVOR Tech?
Good CVOR techs excel as key members of cardiovascular surgical teams and possess in-depth knowledge of sterilization techniques, basic anatomy, surgical procedures, and patient safety. They have a high level of focus and physical stamina to endure intense cardiac procedures, always remaining vigilant to help ensure positive patient outcomes. Excellent manual dexterity, verbal communication skills, and teamwork skills are other positive attributes of good CVOR techs.
How to become a Travel CVOR Tech
Becoming a travel CVOR tech requires a high school diploma or GED and a certificate or postsecondary degree. While they don’t need a medical degree, to be eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, they must complete a certificate program or earn an associate degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
A few states require CVOR techs to be certified, but even if the state doesn’t require it, many employers prefer applicants with CST certification. CVOR techs can also accelerate their careers by earning Tech in Surgery-Certified (TS-C) certification through the National Center for Competency Testing. Most travel CVOR tech positions require formal training with one to three years of CVOR experience preferred.