The Clinical Recovery Associate, Level I (CRA-I) is responsible for duties related to the surgical recovery of organs for transplantation, research, and education. The duties are performed in conjunction with and under the direction of the primary Clinical Recovery Coordinator on an organ donation case. Specific responsibilities include preservation and packaging of donated organs, allocation of locally recovered or imported organs to transplant centers, and maintenance of equipment and surgical supplies for organ recovery.
The minimum prerequisite is an undergraduate degree in the biological sciences, nursing, paramedicine, allied health, or experience commensurate with such a degree.
Must be a proactive team player dedicated to enhancing the quality and availability of donated organs for transplantation, education, and research. Must have strong verbal and written communication abilities and possess strong organizational skills. Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English. Must be compassionate, conscientious, ethical, and possess strong interpersonal skills that contribute to working with families of potential donors as well as a variety of medical professionals. Must be a self-starter and be able to work independently.
Considerable local travel is a requirement of the position and the incumbent must have a valid driver’s license, must be able to drive during day and night time hours, and have available a reliable, insured automobile for transportation. Must be able to lift and carry heavy objects up to fifty pounds.
Provides on-call intraoperative assistance to the primary Clinical Recovery Coordinator (CRC) on vascular organ donation cases.
Provides a prompt, timely, professional response to all operating room organ recovery calls.
Provides transportation of coolers, perfusion and slush solution, recovery medications, perfusion machines and all other necessary equipment to the donor hospital operating room (OR) at a time predetermined by the primary CRC.
Utilizes sterile technique to assist with set-up of the organ recovery OR. This includes proper set-up of “back-tables” where surgeons perform further dissection and evaluation of recovered organs. Additionally, assists with set-up of dissection instruments, packaging materials, and making sterile slush.
Ensures that OR recovery procedures are reviewed with anesthesia personnel.
Assists in the “back-table” flush of organs, and monitors the quality of the organ flush and quantity of flush solution used. Communicates this information to recovering surgeon and documents this information.
Assists the surgeon with organ packaging per UNOS and WRTC protocols. Ensures proper packaging of recovered organs and includes documentation, media, and specimens for cross-matching.
Documentation of organ anatomy and recovery times; and
Copying and collating of donor chart material for packaging with the organs and for the Medical Examiner (ME) and other recovery teams.
Ensures that all donor blood is drawn, recovery medications prepared and administered according to WRTC protocols and surgeon direction, and that blood cultures are taken and sent to lab for testing.
Ensures that the organ donor is closed and cleaned properly following recovery, and transports the donor to the morgue.
Collects all WRTC organ recovery equipment and returns this to the office with the original copy of the donor chart.
Allocates organs (renal and extra-renal) from local, regional and national donors per UNOS and WRTC protocols. Maintains a thorough knowledge of the national computer program including operation of UNET and UNOS allocation system. Documents information pertaining to each case in the donor and/or import chart.
Copies and collates paperwork from the donor chart for all recovered specimens and other recovery teams and for the Medical Examiner (ME).
Informs ME offices when donation is complete and the donor is ready for transport.
Obtains all donor culture results from donor hospitals, and forwards this information to transplant centers. Documents the results and communications in the donor chart.
Contacts transplant centers to obtain recipient information, and documents this information in the donor chart.
Purchases and maintains all equipment and surgical supplies required for organ donor management and evaluation.
Ensures that the medical supply area is fully stocked, clean and organized. Cleans, sterilizes and maintains donor bags, coolers, recovery sets and equipment.
We are located in a beautiful office located in Falls Church, VA. Our outstanding benefit package includes medical and dental benefits for all full-time employees, paid time off, retirement plan with generous company match, on-site fitness facility, excellent training program and more! Visit www.beadonor.org to learn more about our organization.
Position requires significant travel within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. On occasion, and more frequently during on call time frames, the position requires working during evening, night and weekend hours. Final candidates must successfully complete pre-employment testing to include a criminal background check and drug/alcohol screening. EOE M/F/D/V