The Certified Surgical Technologist functions in the role of first scrub or assistant to the surgeon to the extent of their experience and competency. He/She is responsible for maintaining the integrity, safety, and efficiency of the sterile field throughout the operation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Is aware of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.
- Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.
- The Certified Surgical Technologist functions in the role of first scrub or assistant to the surgeon to the extent of their experience and competency. He/She is responsible for maintaining the integrity, safety, and efficiency of the sterile field throughout the operation. The Certified Surgical Technologist:
- Maintains knowledge and experience in aseptic technique and surgical procedures
- Prepares and arranges instruments and supplies in the sterile field.
- Administers medication in the operative field under the direction of the physician.
- Holds and operates retractors or other instrumentation as necessary.
- Assists the surgeon and assistants throughout the operation by providing the sterile instruments and supplies when necessary.
- Anticipates and responds to the needs of the surgeons and other members of the Operating Room team.
- Maintains manual skills and dexterity, as well as physical stamina to work under pressure.
- Properly handles operative specimens.
- Performs wound closure as directed by the physician.
- The Certified Surgical Technologist may assist the circulating registered nurse in the operating room to meet the patient's individual needs.
- Uses Standard Precautions and Isolation protocols appropriately.
- Strives to meet the patient's needs promptly and efficiently.
- Prepares patients and selects proper positioning.
- Performs procedures at level of competency.
- Completes surgical skin preparations as designated.
- Assists in transfer of patients (cart to operating table, operating table to cart, cart to PACU, etc.).
- Works in the sterile environment providing patient care.
- Transport non narcotic medication within the operating room department.
- Demonstrates an awareness of patient and personal safety.
- Follows department dress code policy and wears appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Knowledgeable about Standard and Isolation Precautions.
- Demonstrates knowledge of principles of good body alignment when positioning patient.
- Demonstrates proper use of positioning devices.
- Implements measures to promote a safe environment for the patient/family.
- Observes and promptly reports any unusual occurrences.
- Practices correct body mechanics in performing patient care activities.
- Consistently assures patient safety in the use of side rails, equipment, nurse call lights, etc.
- Ensures safe environment by keeping patient care areas free of clutter and spills.
- Utilizes autoclaves in the OR for “just in time” sterilization according to current guidelines
- Organizes, cleans, and maintains unit work areas, supplies, and equipment.
- Restocks subutility as needed.
- Assist other staff to restock operating rooms.
- Returns unused supplies, instruments & equipment to their proper storage area.
- Assembles instruments, supplies, equipment and positioning aids needed for cases based on the preference card.
- Rotates/removes out-dated stock/supplies.
- Uses Standard Precautions, personal protective equipment, and Isolation precautions.
- Assists in room turnover by cleaning furniture and equipment according to established End of Case Cleaning guidelines.
- Assist in SPD as directed by
- Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills with other health care team members.
- Maintains friendly, courteous and responsible interpersonal communication patterns.
- Verbal communication is clear and precise.
- Written communication is legible, if handwritten, and done in a timely manner.
- Respects patient confidentiality in all communication.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings, team meetings, inservices and committee meetings.
- Utilizes and shares information from inservices, reading, workshops and conferences.
- Demonstrates flexibility and self-direction in meeting patient and unit needs by responding as a team player.
- Assumes responsibility for personal growth and development.
- Continually maintains and strives to enhance personal technical and clinical competence in all job related duties.
- Participates in mandatory education and unit staff meetings, per established guidelines.
- Complies with established infection control and risk management policies and procedures.
- Performs other duties as deemed necessary to meet the hospital’s mission and vision.
Requires high school diploma or GED and graduation from an accredited surgical technology program. Certification Required
All grandfathered CST's must maintain CEU's as defined by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. (60 CEU's every 4 years)