Full Job Description
What You Will Do:
Reporting to a clinical manager in the Operating Room and under the direct guidance and supervision of a licensed surgeon, The Surgical Assistant serves as a First Assistant during operative and other invasive procedures and facilitates the technical aspects of surgery in accordance with credentials, privileges, experience, education, and competency.
1. Moves, stabilizes and positions patient as ordered by the surgeon.
2. Identifies and pads points of pressure, e.g., elbows, heels, knees, eyes, face, and axillary region.
3. Inserts and removes Foley urinary bladder catheter. 4. Places pneumatic tourniquets. 5. Harvests endovein.. 6. Inserts central lines. 7. Inserts balloon pumps.
8. Evaluates patient post-surgery and reports abnormal findings to surgeon and documents according to hospital policy.
9. Provides visualization of the operative site by:
a. Appropriate placement and securing of retractors with or without padding
b. Packing with sponges
c. Digital manipulation of tissue
d. Suctioning, irrigating, or sponging. Manipulation of suture materials (e.g., loops, tags, running sutures)
e. Proper use of body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon’s view
10. Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis:
(1) Clamping and/or cauterizing vessels or tissue
(2) Tying and/or ligating clamped vessels or
(3) Applying hemostatic clips
(4) Placing local hemostatic agents
(1) Applying tourniquets and demonstrating
awareness of the indications
/contraindications for use with knowledge
of side effects of extended use
(2) Applying vessel loops
(3) Applying noncrushing clamps
(4) Applying direct digital pressure
11. Utilizes appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body plane:
a. Utilizing running or interrupted sutures with absorbable or nonabsorbable material of
wound layers, including muscle and fascia.
b. Utilizing subcuticular closure technique with or without adhesive skin closure strips
c. Closing skin with method per surgeon’s directive (suture, staples, etc).
d. Postoperative subcutaneous injection of local
anesthetic per surgeon’s directive
12. Selects and applies appropriate wound dressings, including the following:
a. Liquid or spray occlusive materials
b. Absorbent material affixed with tape or circumferential wrapping.
c. Immobilizing dressing (soft or rigid)
13. Provides assistance in securing drainage systems to tissue
14. Uses the mono-polar, and bi-polar, electro-surgery unit
15. Maintains integrity of sterile field.
16. Reviews consent to confirm procedure, and special needs.
17. Selects and places x-rays for reference.
18. Determines and obtains equipment needed for the procedure.
19. Harvests (Endoscopic or open) saphenous vein including skin incision per surgeon’s directive.
20. Assists with resuscitation of patient during cardiac arrest or other life threatening events in the operating
21. Performs any other duties or procedures incident to the surgical procedure deemed necessary and directed
by the surgeon.
What You Need to Be Successful:
Current “Surgical Assistant Certification” (copy to be provided/verified
Two years of first assistance experience required.
Basic Life Support – Health Care Provider (BLS-HCP)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.