Performs a variety of technical duties to assist with surgery. Provides expert services in at least one specialty area. Assists with precepting of staff and students.
High school graduation or equivalent; graduation from a school of surgical technology or hospital-based program.
1 year surgical technologist experience
BLS (Basic Life Support) certification. Must maintain 6 Continuing Education Credits per year. CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) certification preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Competency in case procedure, preparation and completion in all services. Expert in at least one specialty surgical service. Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Anticipates sequential needs of the surgeon during the operative procedure.
Assists with case preparation, following preference card guidelines.
Collaborates with Resource Nurse and Perioperative Educator on the development and provision of competency based orientation for the scrub role in team specific service. Precepts staff and students on scrub role.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Ensures that equipment is functioning properly. Immediately identifies and troubleshoots equipment problems within specialty area and/or notifies appropriate personnel.
Functions as a technical resource person for OR staff by providing Information relating to instruments and equipment and assists in planning and maintenance of the equipment, particularly in area of expertise.
Functions as surgical assistant during operative procedures performing specified activities under the direct supervision of the surgeon. May act as second assistant by providing exposure and holding retractors.
Identifies and handles specimens appropriately.
In conjunction with other team members, provides one in-service per year in related specialty area.
Maintains aseptic techniques; actively monitors situations that could lead to breaches in aseptic technique.
Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts as required. Serves as a contributing member on unit-based committees.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
Performs indirect patient care activities such as patient transportation as needed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Provides comfort and support for preoperative patients by demonstrating sensitivity to patient's care and privacy.
Responds to questions from patient, families, and significant others in a prompt, courteous, positive, and knowledgeable manner and/or refers to appropriate personnel.
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