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The Surgical Technician is an integral member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the surgeon and the other members during surgical procedures ranging from local anesthesia cases (biopsies and excisions) to vascular and micro-vascular surgery, including ear, hand, facial, and vascular reconstruction. The incumbent must be prepared to adapt to new procedures in a changing surgical environment while participating with the surgical team members. This position is one of the Surgical Technicians within the Operating room and performs the following major duties: Functions as a primary scrub person who handles the instruments, supplies and equipment during all surgical procedures to include extremely complex procedures such as thoracic, major vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery and total joint replacements. When programmatic changes occur, for example if this medical center stats the open-heart surgery program, development and performance of these skills would also be required. Sets up sterile field with all necessary items for each procedure such as air-powdered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, navigational equipment, microscopes, injectors, lasers, arthroscopy equipment, urology equipment, complex recording devices or table accessories. Plans for each procedure and assures that all supplies, instruments and equipment are available before the procedure begins. Prepares, organizes and maintains highly complex sterile set-ups. Skillfully drapes operative area ensuring all infection control and sterility guidelines are being followed. Observes, prioritizes and responds promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the needs of the surgeon by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time. Responsible for vigilant observation of the maintenance of aseptic technique and an environment conducive to the welfare of the surgical patient Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies and equipment. Assists RN with the care of the surgical patient i.e. positioning, prepping and obtaining supplies. Responsible for performing, with the circulating nurse, the sponge, sharps and instrument counts to verify accuracy. Responsible for the accountability of all sterile surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure. Assist the surgeon by performing such procedures as preparing skin grafts, suctioning, hold retractors, applying skin staples and cutting suture in addition to his/her other responsibilities. Prepares all prostheses and surgical devices for each procedure. Function as an assistant to more complex procedures. Transports patients to and from the surgical suites using knowledge to safety measure to protect patients and personnel. Alert to and promptly report changes in patient condition to appropriate staff member. Participates in the needs of the operating room to create and maintain a clean and organized department (to include tasks such as monitoring for expired products and organizing storage of supplies and equipment). Work Schedule: Variable hours based on needs of service, telework is not available Position Description Title/PD#: Surgical Technician/PD40132A Physical Requirements: There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeons. Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time without relief. Must have good hearing, eyesight, and physical dexterity (especially with hands and fingers). Must know and practice good body mechanics in movement and lifting; e.g., heavy equipment, instrument trays, surgical packs, case carts, and patients during unconsciousness, etc. Work Environment: Work is performed in the operating room and clinic area with regular and recurring potential exposure to high heat, toxic solutions, and esthetic gases; exposure to radiation, radioactive substances, laser beams, infections, diseases, and contaminated body fluids or tissues, all of which require special safety precautions. The operating room can be an exceptionally stressful work environment. Good mental and emotional health is required in order to function at an optimum level. This position is at the full performance level.
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