Surgical Technician – 40 hrs/wk Operating Room
Job Summary: A Certified Surgical Technician is a member of the surgical team in the Operating Room who works with the surgeon, anesthesia personnel and registered nurses, delivering patient care before, during and after surgery. A Certified Surgical Technician acts as the primary scrub person who handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. Anticipates the needs of the surgeon, has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedures being performed, constantly on vigil for maintenance of sterile field.
- Consistently demonstrates competency in assisting the surgical team before, during, and after operative procedures, and prepares rooms with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment necessary for each surgical procedure as outlined on physician preference cards.
- Checks supplies and equipment needed for surgical procedure, knowledge or surgical preference, scrub and gown, glove.
- Set up sterile table with instruments, sutures, blades, cautery, suction, prosthesis, and solutions needed for procedure.
- Count sponges, needles and instruments with circulator prior to surgery and before incision is closed.
- Gowns, gloves surgeons, assistants, etc., and helps in draping sterile field.
- Pass instruments, etc., to surgeon during procedure, and prepare sterile dressings, etc.
- Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure, and cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization.
- Assists other members of team with terminal cleanup of room in readiness for next patient, and applies the principals of asepsis in a knowledgeable manner to provide optimum patient care.
- Identification of emergency situation and use of sound judgement in instituting established procedures to correct them in a calm efficient manner.
- Develop initiative in order to inquire, challenge and explore new procedures and subjects relating to the operating room and to the surgical patient.
- Provide a safe, efficient environment for the surgical patient.
- Respect the patient’s inherent right to privacy, dignity and safety.
- Understand the actions and use of anesthetic agents so you will be able to care for the patient in an intelligent manner.
- Develop and improve skills in assisting the surgeon and in the organization of work by learning to use economy in time, motion and materials.
- Identifies the structure and function of body parts; recognize common disorders of the body.
- Understand all aspects of Operating Room techniques, both routine and special procedures, and apply them in professional manner, and related Operating Room technique to total hospital environment.
- Understands the service provided by the surgeon in relation to the patient’s restoration to health and return to the community.
- Prepare and know the specific uses of all equipment and supplies used for surgical procedures, and realize the importance of team work, consideration and cooperation.
- Anticipates the needs of the surgeon in order to expedite the procedure, thus minimizing the patient’s exposure to trauma.
- Recognize limits of individual responsibility, and clearly understand that each individual is totally responsible for their own actions.
- Differentiate sterilization methods for special equipment and instruments necessary for specific procedures.
- Displays dexterity in the use of surgical instruments and the knowledge of the step-by-step procedure for specific surgical procedures.
- Demonstrates proficiency and efficiency with regards to Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat, General Gynecological, Vascular, Orthopedic, Urologic, Rectal, Plastic Repair, and Reconstruction, and Thoracic Surgeries.
- Knowledge and ability to use Sterilizers, Electro Cautery Machines, Suction, Fiber optic Equipment Pacemaker Equipment, Orthopedic Tourniquets, Microscopes, Air-powered Equipment, Operating Room Tables, Orthopedics Table.
- Applies knowledge in accordance with teaching and policies with regard to Principles of asepsis and sterile technique, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Care and Handling of specimens, Environmental safety, Manual dexterity, Cost containment, Surgical Complications.
- Instrumentation, Sutures, Solutions, and Prosthetics.
- Develop ideals and professional attitude which will promote responsibility as the individual and also as a member of the health care team.
- Apply knowledge of the basic concept necessary for the performance of duties expected of the Operating Room Technician, and develop a code of professional behavior which will reflect the ethical, legal and moral responsibility of each individual.
- Coordination of team efforts to offer the most qualifies team support to the surgical patient, the surgeon, and all members of the surgical team.
- Awareness of patient as an individual specific psychological, physical, and spiritual needs.
- Education of general public as to what an ORT is and what their specific duties on the Health Care team entails.
- Complies with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
Certification of entry-level competency b national exam approved by the Liaison Council of Certification, the certifying body of Association of Surgical Technologists maintain their certification by 72 CE contact hours in a consecutive 3-year period or by successfully passing a recertification exam at the conclusion of the 30-year period. (NOTE: The national recertification exam is identical current national certification exam.)