The Scrub Tech in the Operating Room (OR) is required to have a minimum of three (3) years current or recent experience in the OR. Incumbent must be self-directed and competent to work independently, be able to work under stressful situations and have the physical ability to stand for long periods of time when in the scrub role. Incumbent must take call on a rotating basis. Incumbent will be expected to scrub for all specialties, and unit-specific orientation will be provided. The following is a list of duties which may be preformed, but are not limited to: Functions as a primary and lead scrub person responsible for handling surgical instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures including but not limited to: open heart, thoracic, vascular, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedic, urology, reconstruction surgery (plastics), general surgery, robotic, endovascular, and pain management. Handles surgical specimens. Creates, maintains and oversees the sterile field. Monitors the sterile field for breaks in technique. Passes operating surgical instruments to the surgeon. Inspects and performs all recommended tests to assure that the equipment meets operational, sterilization and/or cleanliness requirements. Accounts for all surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure. Guides, supports and trains less skilled staff in surgical procedures including student surgical technicians. In conjunction with the circulating registered nurse, performs sponge, sharps, and instrument counts to verify accuracy. Anticipates and prepares surgical instruments and equipment for the next phase of surgery. Work Schedule: Various Shifts and with rotating Weekend and Holidays Position Description Title/PD#: Surgical Technician/PD549-7623-ACV19 and PD549-7623A Physical Requirements: Duties regularly require manual assistance in lifting and positioning, patients, most of which are in stages of unconsciousness. Requires recurring prolonged standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the surgeon. The surgical technician must be dexterous in passing instruments to surgeons without compromising principles of aseptic technique and in a manner requiring little or no effect from the surgeon. The surgical technician must move expeditiously in taking emergency action.
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