Job Summary: A Surgical Technician is a member of the surgical team in the Operating Room who works with surgeons, anesthesia personnel and registered nurses, delivering patient care before, during and after surgery. A Surgical Technician acts as the primary scrub person who handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. They anticipate the needs of the surgeon, has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedures being performed and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of sterile field.
Essential Job Duties:
1. Consistently demonstrates competency in assisting the surgical team before, during, and after operative procedures.
2. Prepares rooms with appropriate instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment necessary for each surgical procedure as outlined on physician preference cards.
3. Checks supplies and equipment needed for surgical procedure, knowledge or surgical preference, scrub and gown, glove.
4. Prepares sterile table with instruments, sutures, blades, cautery, suction, prosthesis, and solutions needed for procedure.
5. Performs count of sponges, needles, and instruments with circulator prior to surgery and before incision is closed.
6. Gowns and gloves surgeons and assistants, etc., and helps in draping sterile field.
7. Passes instruments, etc., to surgeon during procedure, and prepare sterile dressings, etc.
8. Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during procedure and cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization.
9. 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.
10. Identifies an emergency and uses sound judgement in instituting established procedures to apply them in a calm and efficient manner.
11. Develops initiative to inquire, challenge and explore new procedures and subjects relating to the operating room and to the surgical patient.
12. Provides a safe, efficient environment for the surgical patient.
13. Identifies the structure and function of body parts; recognizes common disorders of the body.
14. Understands aspects of Operating Room techniques and applies them in a professional manner, and related Operating Room technique to total hospital environment.
15. Understands the service provided by the surgeon in relation to the patient’s restoration to health and return to the community.
16. Anticipates the needs of the surgeon to expedite the procedure, thus minimizing the patient’s exposure to trauma.
17. Differentiates sterilization methods for special equipment and instruments necessary for specific procedures.
18. Displays dexterity in the use of surgical instruments and the knowledge of the step-by step procedure for specific surgical procedures.
19. Demonstrates proficiency and efficiency for surgeries oriented and trained on.
20. Displays knowledge and ability to assist with Sterilizers, Electro Cautery Machines, Suction, Fiber optic Equipment, Pacemaker Equipment, Orthopedic Tourniquets, Microscopes, Air-powered Equipment, Operating Room Tables and Orthopedics Table.
21. Applies knowledge in accordance with teaching and policies regarding the 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.
22. Complies with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
23. Performs other work-related duties as assigned.
Licenses and Education:
1. Surgical Technician experience preferred, however, willing to provide on-the-job training.
2. Active Surgical Technician/Technologist certification preferred
3. Meet the unit’s annual competency training requirements.
4. Obtain BLS certification within 1 year of accepting position and maintain certification thereafter.