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Surgical Technician

  • Sips Consults
  • 05/31/21
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 64132
  • Full-Time
Surgical Technologist

Job Summary:

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals, who are an integral part of the team of medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Surgical Technologists work under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical Technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, medical terminology and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

Job Functions:

Responsible for the smooth functioning of activities during the surgical procedure. This person dons' sterile attire and must work within the sterile field.

Knowledgeable of the proposed surgical procedure anticipates the surgeons needs and efficiently carries out instructions by the surgeon, anesthesiologist and circulating nurse.

Assists the circulating nurse in the preparation of all supplies, instruments and equipment required for proposed surgical procedure utilizing physician preference card.

Assists the circulating nurse in the opening of sterile supplies onto the sterile field. In this function, the Surgical technologist should be mindful and aware of cost saving measures, opening only what is needed to start the case per the preference card.

Is knowledgeable of positioning of patient for surgical procedure and assists when indicated.

Performs surgical scrub per hospital procedure with an understating that jewelry and nail polish, including artificial nails, gel tips and overlays are prohibited.

Prepares drapes, instruments, and sutures on sterile field for efficient delivery of surgical procedure under strict aseptic technique.

Visually inspects all instrumentation and operative scopes for proper cleanliness and functionality prior to commencement of procedure. Any unusual findings shall be reported to the circulating nurse for corrective action.

Performs all counts with the circulating nurse providing visualization of items counted as per hospital policy and in accordance with AST standards

Participates in the time-out procedure with OR team

Assists in the gowning and gloving of the surgical team and draping of the sterile field.

Responsible for maintaining the integrity, safety, and efficacy of the sterile field by maintaining constant visualization of the operative field.

Responsible for immediately reporting any breaks in aseptic technique and or complications to the circulating nurse so corrective action can be implemented.

Limits conversation at the operative field to promote a high level of infection control during procedure.

Responsible for receiving and labeling, mixing, and dispensing of all medications/contrast media under the direct supervision of the circulating nurse on a sterile field as indicated by the attending physician.

May assist in the cutting of surgical sutures and/or hold Adson forceps during skin stapling upon closure of the operative site under the direct supervision of the attending physician.

May irrigate the operative site under the direct supervision of the attending physician.

May suction blood and or fluids to provide adequate visualization of the operative field under direct supervision of the attending physician.

May suction smoke from the operative field under the direct supervision of the attending physician.

May support an extremity to improve visualization of the surgical site under the direct supervision of the attending physician.

May hold retractors after placement by the attending physician.

Secures all specimens retrieved during operative procedure, notifies the circulating nurse of the identity of the specimen given by the attending surgeon.

Verifies the correct labeling and number of surgical specimens with the circulating nurse.

Continuously cleans surgical instrumentation of gross debris throughout the surgical procedure to assist in proper decontamination postoperatively.

Responsible for placement of all instruments in their intended container according to hospital policy and procedure. Any broken or damaged instruments must be brought to central sterile for decontamination and delivered to the instrument manager for repair.

Assists circulating nurse in cleaning room, assuring that all trash and linen is disposed of properly in the appropriate container.

Disassembles suction canisters for proper disposal by environmental services.

Remains in room after operative procedure is completed, assists in transfer of patient to stretcher or bed using proper body mechanics.

Transports instrumentation to soiled utility room, ensuring that all items are either in an enclosed case cart or covered during transport and marked with a biohazard label.

Instruments that will be utilized for a subsequent procedure must be delivered directly to central sterile for immediate decontamination.

Understands and demonstrates the importance of efficiency and time management.

Identifies and demonstrates cost containment on each procedure.

Supplemental Duties and Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision of R.N., identifies psychosocial needs of patient.

Under direct supervision of R.N., interacts with patient using knowledge of psychosocial and emotional needs of patient.

Under direct supervision of R.N., positions patient for the surgical procedure utilizing knowledge of special needs based on age of patient.

Under direct supervision of R.N., prepares room environment to meet needs of patient.

Minimum Acceptable Training and Experience: Knowledge of instrumentation and supplies. Previous surgical technologist experience in an Operating Room. Cardiac, orthopedic, robotics and trauma, experience preferred.

Preferred Experience: Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology Program, certification through NBSTSA or NCCT (per state guidelines and hospital requirements).


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