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The Surgical Technician is a member of the Surgical Specialty Operating Room. This position is in the surgical specialty service line of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.. The primary purpose of this position is to directly aid the surgeon and other team members during surgical procedures. A Surgical Technician does this by participating as an active member of the surgical team with preprocedural planning, day-of set up and implementation of complex equipment and instrumentation. Duties include but are not limited to: The incumbent sets up and operates various medical equipment, necessitating a working knowledge of all required equipment and instruments used for each procedure. These include, but are not limited to, Surgical Robots, Lasers, Microscopes, Laparoscopic/Endoscopic cameras and associated equipment. Disposable and non-disposable surgical instrumentation. Battery and air-powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment, recording devices, and/or any other operating room supplies and equipment used in a complex surgical suite. He/she must also demonstrate competency in initial care and cleaning of this equipment to ensure they are properly processed and sterilized between patient use. Functions as a primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and complex equipment during all surgical procedures such as: open heart, thoracic, major vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery, transplantation, gynecology, urology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, a full range of general surgery cases, minimally invasive procedures, orthopedic surgery and Robotics. Prepares, organizes, and maintains highly complex sterile surgical setups. During set up for surgical procedures the ST is the first line patient advocate inspecting packaging and content of surgical supplies and equipment. The ST ensures that all parameters of sterilization have been maintained prior to anything being introduced to the surgical field. This is done via careful inspection of package integrity for holes, discoloration, dampness, water spots, etc. They then review package content ensuring that all sterilization indicators have changed color, i.e. tape, indicator strips, etc. The ST visually and physically inspects each instrument and piece of equipment for chips, cracks, missing parts, i.e. screws, forceps teeth, etc. They also inspect working parts, i.e. hinges, ratchets, etc. to ensure the instruments work correctly. Performs non-technical maintenance of equipment to prevent malfunctions. Maintains rules and regulations of restricted and semi-restricted areas of the operating room suite. Conducts routine assessment of equipment and instrument needs. The ST collaborates with OR specialty leads and business staff to maintain a constant list of equipment and instruments to be replaced and/or upgraded. Recognizes potentially hazardous situations (e.g., frayed cords, water on floor) and takes corrective action. Performs required pre-treatment processing of instruments after surgery. Ensures that used instruments are immediately transported to sterile processing. Provides guidance and support to Nursing Assistants and other Surgical Technicians (Operating Room Nursing Assistants). Mentors volunteers, aides, non-surgical team members, students, and other personnel to the scrub role and ST duties. Participates with surgical team members in quality improvement activities. Such as revisions to policy, i.e. changes to the surgical count policy. Updates personal knowledge regarding current trends in surgical technology through continuing education courses. Assists in developing and maintaining appropriate and cost-effective inventory practices. i.e. Surgery uses "bulk" specialty kits. i.e. an Open-Heart custom pack has multiple supplies wrapped in one package to facilitate setting up for a complex procedure quickly. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. On call rotations required. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Surgical Technician/PD00661A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.