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Title: Orthopedic Surgical Technician
Schedule: Monday-Friday 0730-1630 with On Call
- Degree/Education: Certificate.
- High school diploma or equivalent with additional training or education; supplemented with one (1) year of related experience in an accredited health care hospital which results in familiarity with and knowledge of hospital or clinic routines and procedures in orthopedics, including orthopedic trauma service, pediatrics, hand, foot and ankle, sports, and/or spine.
- 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).
- Certifications in addition to Basic Life Support Maintain a national certification by American Society Of Orthopedic Professionals (ASOP) or National Board for Certification of Orthopedic Technologists. (NBCOT).
- Experience: one year of related experience in an accredited health care hospital.
- 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.
- Have at least 12 months of experience within the last 36 months as an orthopedic surgical services technician.
- Assists physicians with patient care; properly fits and applies pre-operative braces, crutches, and other soft goods; assists in preparation for and application of casts and orthopedic appliances; changes dressings; removes sutures, casts, and splints.
- Assists physicians and nurses with orthopedic procedures, including wound care, aspirations, minor surgical procedures, fracture reductions, etc; instructs patients in cast and traction care and the use of orthopedic appliances.
- Maintains clean and well-stocked cast and soft goods room; orders special supplies and/or equipment.
- Coordinates data collection resources for the clinic information systems.
- Remains current with orthopedic trends, care and supplies; performs other duties as assigned.
- 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 activities.
- Helps with routing medical materiel management activities.
- Accomplishes routine safety checks and operator preventive maintenance on fixed and moveable medical equipment and fixtures.
- Performs routine and specialized housekeeping activities. 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 ethics.
- 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 packs. 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 stands. 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.
- Screens and checks-in patients and escorts patients to treatment areas.
- Accurately prepares room & patient for examinations, therapeutic measures and procedures assuring all needed equipment and supplies are available prior to the start of the exam.
- Take, monitor and records physiological measurements.
- Assists in the delivery of orthopedic care through application, removal, and maintenance of casts/splints, dressings, traction, and other orthopedic devices.
- Prepares and administers medications under the supervision of a nurse or healthcare provider.
- Chaperones patients.