The Surgical Technologist 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.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide proficient skills for surgical services by demonstrating proficiency in the delivery of skills in all of basic services. This includes: General Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, basic orthopedic surgery, and ophthalmic surgery. Skills include: 1. Preparing the operating room for surgical procedures by ensuring that surgical equipments are functioning properly and safely. 2. Preparing 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 patients 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
- Passing supplies, equipment, or instruments
- Sponging or suctioning an operative site
- Preparing and cutting suture material
- Transferring and pouring irrigation fluids
- Labeling intraoperative medications according to policy and transferring those medications within the sterile field
- Handling specimens
- Holding retractors and other instruments
- Applying electrocautery to clamps on bleeders
- Connecting drains to suction apparatus
- Applying dressings to closed wounds
- Assisting in counting sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments with the registered nurse circulator
- Maintains the highest standard of sterile technique during the surgical procedure. This includes monitoring situation which could lead to breaches in aseptic technique.
Post Operative Skills
- Cleaning and preparing instruments for terminal sterilization on completion of the surgery
- Assisting the surgical team with cleaning of the operating room on completion of the surgery and preparing for the next scheduled procedure.
- Demonstrates proficiency in professional practice
- Communicates effectively, handles conflict in a professional manner
- Continuously evaluates the outcomes of patient care, team needs, and professional practice.
- Works to improve clinical practice and the outcome of patient care through achieving unit based goals.
- Member of a unit council.
- Is a preceptor of peers in the clinical setting.
Research and Quality Improvement
- 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.
- High school diploma or equivalent required
- Successful completion of a formal program in Surgical Technology is required ( unless exempted by Sec 259.002 of the Texas Health and Safety Code) required
Licenses & certifications
- Current Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS certification required. American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
- 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)
- Minimum 1-2 years of job related experience preferred
- One or more years of surgical technology experience preferred
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Knowledge of aseptic technique.
- Knowledge of basic and complex operative procedures
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Ability to identify and establish priorities.
- Knowledge of government regulations and appropriate responses to remedy potential problems.
- Call required.
- Physically capable of transporting supplies and equipment, and ability to push, pull and lift up to 35 pounds several times daily.
- Medium - Exerting 20-60 lbs. occasionally, 10-25 lbs. frequently, or up to 10 lbs. constantly.