Jennifer Kitano MS, ATC

University of Colorado Hospital

Athletic Trainers’ in the Operating Room: Expanding the Role of the Athletic Trainer

Athletic trainers have utilized their specialized education to provide quality treatment to athletes efficiently and effectively for decades. Recently, athletic trainers have translated those skills to provide efficient care to patients in the operating room in order to provide a quality and efficient experience for surgical patients. Data will be presented describing how many athletic trainers are currently working in the operating room setting and how many desire to participate in the operating room. Duties performed in a scrubbing or non-scrubbing role will be outlined as will any additional training available to function effectively within this role.