- Purpose of Job
- Allied health professional working as a part of the team delivering surgical care by assisting physicians and maintaining a sterile field during surgical procedure through consistent application of aseptic techniques.
- Job Requirements
- High School degree or equivalency required.
- Associate or Bachelor degree in Allied Health field preferred.
- Graduation from an accredited Certified Surgical First Assistant program required.
- Satisfactory completion of annual mandatory education requirements and certification maintenance.
- Minimum of two years of operating room experience required.
- Demonstrated proficiency in multiple specialty areas required.
- Previous experience in preceptor role preferred.
- Certification from an accredited Certified Surgical First Assistant program required.
- Approved continuing education resulting in currency per the Liaison Council of Certification for Surgical Technologists required.
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.
- Ability to perform mathematical computations.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to multitask and prioritize work tasks.
- Knowledge of medical diagnoses, procedures and treatment protocols related to area of expertise.
- Knowledge of HIPAAA requirements and organizational expectations of confidentiality.
- Ability to establish effective working relationships with coworkers, physicians and team members.
- Physical Requirements
- Weight Demands
- Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.
- Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
- Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
- Distinguish colors
- Repetitive Motions
- Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
- Not Related: - Electrical Shock/Static
- Rare (1-33%):
- Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
- Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
- Occasionally (34%-66%):
- Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
- Explosives (pressurized gas)
- Hazardous Drugs (exposure risks, personal protective equipment required)
- Frequent (67%-100%):
- Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
- Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
- Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
- Essential Job Functions
- Essential Functions I
- Performs preoperative preparation.
- Reviews physician preference list before operative procedure and assembles supplies and equipment needed for procedure.
- Opens sterile supplies using sterile technique.
- Transfers medications and solutions to the sterile field according to policy.
- Communicates clearly and collaborates with other members of the perioperative team to prepare operative procedure.
- Prepares the case cart postoperative for central sterilizing return according to department policy.
Functions as scrub person during operative procedure by preparing, monitoring, and maintaining a sterile field.
- Completes surgical scrub according to policy.
- Performs scrub duties in an accurate, concise and timely manner.
- Wears appropriate personal protective apparel (PPA) and follows standard policy for attire in the operating room.
- Follows policy for wearing protective eye-wear during procedures.
- Maintains sterile instruments and supplies in organized manner.
- Performs counts according to facility policy and procedure during procedure and hand-off situations.
- Accurately performs all sponge, needle, and sharps counts at appropriate times with surgical staff.
- Assists with draping sterile field according to standard.
- Watches progress of the operation and anticipates needs of team members.
- Disassembles instruments and equipment and transports to processing department.
- Assists with cleaning room and prepares for subsequent procedure.
- Cleans operating room suite between cases and participates in turnover.
- Checks indicators and integrity of packages for each patient procedure.
- Recognizes unseen boundaries between sterile and non-sterile.
- Immediately communicates any changes in procedures, patient condition, or procedure.
- Communicates for a safe and accurate hand-off with team members to assure accuracy of critical patient care information and specimen disposition.
- Prepares and properly disposes of sharps, blood, and waste prior to leaving room according to department policy.
Applies base knowledge and principles during operative procedure (Intraoperative Surgical).
- Demonstrates base knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, microbiology and pharmacology for optimal surgical patient care.
- Principles of computer science, electricity and robotics as needed for surgical patient care.
- Principles of sterile technique during the surgical procedure.
Follows policy and procedure for Intraoperative Surgical procedures.
- Participates in surgical time-out, fire risk assessment, and case summary for each operative procedure.
- Identifies labels and handles specimens including hand-off situations and disposition of specimen.
- Labels medications and specimen identification and disposition.
Demonstrates collegiality and leadership qualities.
- Demonstrates awareness of, and participation in performance improvement activities.
- Reports potential performance improvement problems, to coordinators, core nurse and service leader, assists in problem solving.
- Maintains compliance with department call requirements, adjusts hours to meet patient services.
Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the customer/patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment as outlined in the Population Specific Criteria.
- Demonstrates ability to identify opportunities for and give individualized customer service/patient care according to customer/patient needs.
Demonstrates ongoing awareness of, and participation in, performance improvement activities.
- Is alert to potential performance improvement problems, reports information to charge nurse and managers, and actively participates in problem solving.
- Conscientiously and continuously applies the principles and tools learned during PI training on a daily basis.
Demonstrates proper use and care of instruments and equipment in accordance with department standard.
- Properly reports equipment malfunctions to the appropriate charge person or equipment supervisor.
- Demonstrates correct and safe technique in the use of equipment according to specific product information and department policy and procedure.
- Checks for correct function of equipment prior to actual use and returns to proper location. Cleans equipment properly.
- Exhibits proper use of suturing and stapling devices.
- Stocks supplies and instruments in operating room and labor and delivery as necessary.
Demonstrates adaptability and flexibility by performing scrub duties for a variety of surgical procedures.
- Able to perform 100% of cases in specialty services.
- Maintains positive attitude.
- Accepts assignments and communicates concerns in a professional manner.
- Complies with call-in time and policies.
- Adheres to policy and procedures of the department of patient care services and the hospital and holds others accountable for following them.
- Complies with specific hospital and department's policies concerning safety.
- Adjusts hours to meet patient services when cases are more or less than scheduled.
- Maintains compliance with the department call coverage.
Maintains professional appearance, behavior and work environment.
- Provide assistance as needed to include scanning of patient information, organizing patient charts, greeting and escorting patients to room, and answering phone.
- Performs preoperative preparation.
Essential Functions II
Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Methodist Health System