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Surgical Service Technician - Orthopedic
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH
Full-time, Contract: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fully benefited (medical, dental, vision, $401(k), PTO, paid holidays)
JOB SUMMARY: Participates in managing and evaluating surgical patient care activities. Organizes the medical environment, performs and directs support activities in patient care situations, including contingency operations and disasters. Assists professional staff in providing patient care for the surgical patient before, during, and after surgery. Performs scrub and circulating duties in the operating room (OR). Assists with post-anesthesia recovery of patients. Processes, stores, and distributes sterile supplies. Participates in activities related to the OR and Central Sterile Supply Services (CSSS). Performs duties in the orthopedic surgical specialties.
- Completion of an accredited surgical service and clinical course.
- Completion of an accredited basic orthopedic course.
- Completion of a surgical technologist program recognized and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
- Have at least 12 months of experience within the last 36 months as an orthopedic surgical services technician.
- Must have knowledge of fundamentals of anatomy and physiology; principles of asepsis and sterile techniques; preparing and storing surgical sets and packs, surgical instrumentation, and equipment; OR and anesthesia procedures; pathology as it applies to specimen care and handling; basic microbiology and infection control principles; basic surgical pharmacology; sterilizing and disinfecting procedures; surgical and anesthesia complications and their treatment; hospital and OR environmental hazards and safety procedures; handling and storage of compressed gases; basic medical material procedures; basic medical administrations procedures; legal aspects of preoperative care and medical ethics; roles and qualifications of surgical team members; and basic clinical functions.
TYPE OF WORK (duties include but are not limited to the following):
- Provides surgical patient care activities.
- Transports patients, and related records to and from the OR and recovery room.
- Assists nursing staff with preoperative patient preparation.
- Helps with routing medical material management.
- Accomplishes routine safety checks and operator preventive maintenance on fixed and moveable medical equipment and fixtures.
- Performs routine and specialized housekeeping Prepares OR for surgery by setting up and opening sterile supplies and instruments.
- Assists anesthesia personnel with patient positioning and anesthesia administration.
- Applies principles of asepsis, infection control, and medical ethic.
- Assists with terminal cleanup of OR and prepares for follow-up procedures.
- Receives, decontaminates, and cleans soiled patient care items.
- Assembles, wraps, and sterilizes instrument sets, supplies, and linen stores, maintains, and distributes sterile patient care items.
- Assists the circulating nurse with preparing records, reports, and requests.
- Prepares specimens for transport to the laboratory.
- Performs scrub duties in operating room. Scrubs hands and arms and dons sterile gown and gloves. Prepares and maintains sterile instruments, supplies, and equipment of draped tables and Counts sponges, needles, instruments, and related items with circulating nurse before, during, and after surgical procedures. Assists the operative team with applying sterile drapes to the surgical field. Passes instruments, sutures, and other supplies to the sterile operative team. Anticipates surgeon’s needs, and provides additional assistance as directed. Cares for surgical specimens on the sterile field. Cleans and prepares instruments and reusable supplies for terminal sterilization and decontamination.
- Performs recovery room or basic nursing duties. Assists surgeon and nursing staff with monitoring and recording vital signs. Administers oxygen, helps arouse patient, and carries out surgeon’s post-operative orders. Assists with identifying and managing of postoperative complications.
- Performs general clinic functions. Prepares patients, instruments, supplies, and equipment for specialized procedures in the OR and specialty clinics. Assists specialty surgeon during surgical and diagnostic procedures. Assembles, operates, and maintains diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Orders diagnostic laboratory and radiographic procedures as directed. Performs activities unique to specific surgical clinics.
- Attends in-service training in new procedures, techniques, and equipment.