To perform “scrub” technologist duties for scheduled surgeries, assist with the draping and utilization of instruments for a particular surgery and age of the patient serviced. Demonstrates knowledge in the basic principles of sterile techniques and sterilization.
- Performs duties in capacity of “scrub” technologist as prescribed by hospital policies and procedures.
- Sets room for routine, uncomplicated, or multi-procedure cases with supplies and equipment.
- Assists circulator in checking equipment.
- Assists circulator in obtaining supplies prior to bringing patient to room.
- Has basic knowledge of instrumentation and its appropriate use.
- Checks instrumentation regarding cleanliness, function, correct number of pieces, and completeness of tray.
- Has basic knowledge of surgical procedures.
- Organizes and maintains a neat, clean mayo, instrument, and back tables.
- Attempts reasonable anticipation of sequence of instrumentation.
- Properly identifies and labels medication.
- Keeps track of sponges, needles, and instruments during procedure at all times.
- Relays accurate identification of specimens and cultures.
- Organizes and assists in end-of-case clean up.
- Separates sharp and delicate instruments during clean up.
- Assists in pulling cases.
- If trained to do so, perform skin closure per hospital policy with the appropriate suture materials and suturing techniques.
- Assists in maintenance of safe environment for patients and staff.
- Has knowledge and applies principles of good aseptic practice (i.e., appropriate scrub length, OR attire, proper gowning, gloving, and draping methods).
- Checks sterile supplies for proper packaging and dating.
- Actively assists in recognizing and reporting breaks in sterile technique.
- Requests assistance of Central Sterile personnel in preparation of instruments for immediate reuse.
- Follows protocol for universal blood- and body-fluid precautions at all times.
- Prevents loss of instruments by thorough search of drapes before they are discarded.
- Assists in the orderly function of the OR.
- Demonstrates flexibility in a team effort (i.e., takes required supplies from circulator when offered).
- Checks room for and put away excess supplies and equipment.
- Takes initiative and seeks appropriate opportunities to update and maintain surgical skills (i.e., requests certain cases and attends inservices).
- Assists in checking to-follow cases for completeness and accuracy.
- Assists in orientation of new personnel.
- Actively participates in checking and maintaining assignment by participating as a permanent team member.
- Participates in updating surgeon’s preference list.
- Reports to assigned room on time.
- Understands and follows disaster plan.
- Follows hospital/unit policies, procedures, and behavioral expectations.
- Uses designated lines of communication and authority.
- Willingly assists co-workers to facilitate patient care.
- Maintains current CPR certification (CPR education and exam mandatory in the presence of physical limitation impeding CPR certification. Required demonstration of skills to optimal level of ability).
- Attends or participates in mandatory inservices.
- Performs other related work as required or requested.
- High-school diploma or equivalent required.
- Graduate of an OR Technician program preferred.
- Certified Surgical Technician preferred.
- Maintains current CPR certification.
- Previous experience as on OR Technician preferred.
Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Working Conditions-Physical Requirements & Atmosphere:
- Attends in services per needs of the department as specified by nurse manager.