Provides surgical scrub technician support for surgical operations ranging from minor surgical procedures to more complex and extensive surgical procedures.
Routine duties shall include providing health care services to individuals eligible for services in accordance with the self-governance compact and funding agreement between the Cherokee Nation and United States executed under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Practices only within the boundaries of competence, based on documented education, training, supervised experience, state and national professional credentials, and appropriate professional experience. Selects and sterilizes supplies, instruments and special equipment for surgical procedures using knowledge of surgical and anesthesia procedures. Ensures that equipment, supplies and instruments are operational, assembled and set up for required surgery.
Uses the principles of aseptic technique to prepare and maintain the sterile field of the operating room for surgery.
a. Initiates corrective action when breaks in technique occur.
b. Inspects sterile items for contamination before opening.
c. Maintains sterility while opening sterile items for and during procedure.
d. Functions within designated dress code.
Assembles (according to manufacturer's instruction) and operates a wide variety of simple and complex equipment (e.g. microscopes, lights, laparoscopes, ultrasound instrument washer, high speed sterilizer, autoclaves, or tables and beds) during the operative procedure. Determines intervals, according to established procedures, during the case when sponge, needle and instrument counts are required and performs them correctly. Contributes to patient safety and comfort by controlling and monitoring internal and external environments through biological testing and product evaluation.
Reduces risk of injury to patients through assisting other members of the surgical team in appropriate positioning and padding, as well as protecting from chemical, physical or electrical hazards. Assists surgeon(s) during procedure by anticipating instruments required and correctly handing/passing instruments, suture, suctioning, and retracting. Provides other procedural assistance as required by the surgeon and nurses using knowledge of the human body structure and function. Assist in incision dressing. Handles tissue specimen and waste disposal according to unit policy and infection control procedures. Using established procedures, removes soiled linens, equipment and supplies following procedures. May be required to clean and prepare room for next case. Cleans and packs instruments and other supplies for sterilization. As assigned, assists with cleaning, sterilization, and supply maintenance in Central Supply. Accepts on call duty as assigned. Maintains verifiable records at an institution or facility that has a published records retention policy that is equal to or exceeds the retention required by federal, tribal and/or state regulations. Maintains the confidentiality of any information received from any person or source about a patient, unless authorized in writing by the patient or required by law or court order. Complies with the applicable state, tribal and federal regulations in regard to the security, safety and confidentiality of any health services record created, maintained, transferred, or destroyed, whether the record is written, taped, computerized, or stored in any other medium. Other duties may be assigned.
No supervisory responsibility.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Graduated from a Surgical Technology Program and eligible for certification or must have six (6) months experience as a surgical scrub technician or other health services field.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Certified Technician: Certification required.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles and techniques of sterilization, asepsis, and infection. Knowledge of medical terminology in order to communicate with other members of the surgical team. Knowledge of human body structure and function in order to assist nurses, surgeons, and anesthetists/anesthesiologist with procedures.
Must meet and maintain pre-employment and periodic background investigation and adjudication for child care.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk. The employee frequently is required to stand, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions and is frequently exposed to vibration. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.