- High School Diploma/GED
This position is located at our surgery center in Columbia, MD.
SUMMARY: This position is a clinical, technical allied health position. The Surgical Technologist is an integral part of the surgical team who functions in the role of scrub person. The Surgical Technologist works under the direction of, and in collaboration with, the OR Circulating Nurse to ensure the Operating Room environment is safe, equipment is functioning properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. The Surgical Technologist possesses expertise in theory and application of sterile technique. The Surgical Technologist has knowledge of human anatomy and surgical procedures. The Surgical Technologist has in-depth knowledge of instrumentation, tools and technology that facilitates the surgeon's ability to perform invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Frequent communication outside of the work group is required to resolve disagreements, reach agreements and clarify issues/processes. Responsibility exists to ensure that internal customers are satisfied with service. Communication with external contacts involves handling complaints, making adjustment, corrections, etc.
Carries out responsibilities in accordance with Ascension Health Core Values, St. Agnes policies/ procedures and applicable civil laws. Is accountable for efficient use of resources and support of the St. Agnes mission.
Essential functions :
Assumes total responsibility/accountability for duties and tasks assigned in the clinical area under direct or indirect supervision of a licensed care provider. ( Registered Nurse, Physician, Surgeon or other LIP)
1. Assists in the preparation of the OR for a procedure.
a. Checks case cart and equipment needed for the surgical procedure. Ensures availability and working order of necessary supplies.
b. Confirms supplies and equipment against the surgeon preference card and in accordance with the OR schedule.
c. Checks the room for cleanliness and initiates intervention as required. Surveys the room stock items prior to the start of the day and replenishes as needed.
d. Observes OR traffic patterns.
e. Dresses in appropriate OR attire.
f. Assists with moving / relocating equipment as required.
2. Assumes scrub duties including:
a. Scrubs, gowns and gloves according to policy
b. Sets up sterile table(s) with instruments, supplies equipment, and medications/solutions needed for the
c. Ensures that all solutions on the back-field are clearly and correctly labeled.
d. Performs counts according to policy with the Registered Circulating Nurse prior to the operation and before the incision is closed.
e. Gowns and gloves surgeon and assistants
f. Helps to drape the sterile field.
g. Passes instruments, etc., to the surgeon during the procedure.
h. Regularly inspects instruments throughout the case for cleanliness and working order.
i. Monitors and maintains sterile technique throughout the procedure and initiates corrective action when necessary.
j. Prepares sterile dressings
k. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization
3. Post procedure and other duties:
a. Assists other members of the team with terminal cleaning of the room
b. Assists in prepping the room for the next patient
c. Pull cases and assist with preparations for next day cases.
d. Stocking, equipment maintenance and cleaning duties as required.
4. Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Consistently and independently follows established safety and infection control procedures. Intervenes in unsafe situations.
- Complies with the standards of conduct and Corporate Responsibility Program and seeks guidance when in doubt.
- Meets or exceeds expectations of individuals for whom service is provided.
- Participates on interdepartmental, hospital and departmental committees as appropriate.
- Participates in unit based PI and QA initiatives.
- Attends continuing education offerings to maintain and keep current with practice and trends, as well as of related ethical and legal issues and responsibilities to the role.
- Practices sterile techniques in accordance with principles of aseptic practice.
- Demonstrates the efficient and cost -effect utilization of supplies.
- Demonstrates awareness of hazards (biologic, fire, electrical, laser, and explosive) associated with the surgical environment and incorporates related safety practices.
Required Education: High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Education: Completion of study as Surgical Technologist, Associate's degree (AA) or equivalent from two year college or technical school.
Preferred Certifications, Licenses, Registrations: Basic Life Support (BLS)
Required Experience: Less than one year
Desired Experience: Previous experience as a surgical Tech
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Supervision received from: OR Manager / Director
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