Cardiac Surgical Tech Job

Children's Health - Surgical Technicians Careers

Job Number: 53592

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 1-20-2018


Position Summary

The Cardiac Surgical Technician handles the instruments, supplies and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.


Either 10:30-7 or 8:30-7 plus call (shift TBD based on unit's needs)

Job Specific Responsibilities

Prepare the operating room for surgical procedure by ensuring that surgical equipment is functioning properly and safely

Prepare the sterile field for the surgical procedure by securing sterile supplies, instruments, and equipment based on the surgeons preference cards. This also includes those supplies that could possibly be used based on the patient's condition, size, and surgical procedure.

Scrubs, gowns, and gloves using sterile technique. Sets up sterile field with instruments, supplies and equipment. Helps in draping the sterile field. Passes supplies, equipment, or instruments. Sponging or suctioning an operative site. Prepares and cuts suture material. Transfers and pours irrigation fluids. Labels intraoperative medications according to policy and transfers those medications within the sterile field. Handles specimens. Holds retractors and other instruments. Applies electrocautery to clamps on bleeders. Connects drains to suction apparatus. Applies dressings to closed wounds. Assists in counting sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments within the registered nurse circulator. Maintains the highest standard of sterile technique during the surgical procedure. This includes monitoring the situation which could lead to breaches in aseptic technique. Participates in the surgical time out to include proper review of the surgical consent, proper identification of the patient, and in understanding and acknowledgment of the patient allergies as they relate to potential medications to be given in the surgical field.

Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization upon completion of the surgery. Assists the surgical team with cleaning of the operating room on completion of the surgery and prepares for the next scheduled procedure.

Incorporates clinical research into clinical practice. Remains current with changes in clinical standards of care and evidence based practice. Actively participates in unit-based quality improvement activities.


Minimum 1-2 years’ job related experience preferred


Minimum High School diploma or equivalent required

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.

Use appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interact with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one's intentions.

Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.

Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.

Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.

Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

Take prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.

Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.

Effectively manage one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.

clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.

Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Licenses and Certifications

Required: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS (AED) certification

Required: Current Surgical Technologist certification issued by an approved organization. Certification is not required if the employee has completed an appropriate training program for surgical technology in the United States Armed Forces or was employed as a surgical technologist prior to September 12, 2009.

Physical Demands

Medium - Exerting 20-60 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10 lbs. constantly.

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