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Surgical Technologist

Company: Ellis Medicine
Location: Schenectady
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Basic Function:Under the direct supervision of the registered nurse, the Surgical Technologist is an integral part of the surgical team working to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive surgical procedures. Surgical Technologists' primary responsibilities are to prepare and maintain the sterile field, pass instruments, and assist the surgeon within their scope of practice. The surgical technologist collaborates with other members of the perioperative team to utilize resources in a cost effective manner in an environment that promotes continuous quality improvement. Education/Experience Requirements:High school diploma or equivalent, graduate of an accredited surgical technology program or licensed as a practical nurse in New York State. Graduate of accredited surgical technology programs must hold (or be eligible) for certification. Experience preferred. Integral components consist of strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on collaborative team behaviors. Must possess or obtain a nationally accredited certification for surgical technology (Within the twelve month period immediately following successful completion of a surgical technology program). Responsibilities: --- Exhibits professional behaviors and skills in the surgical environment. --- Adheres to the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Code of Ethics --- Behaviors and communication are professional, positive, and respectful --- Follows through with assignments and instructions --- Assists the perioperative team in providing a safe environment of care related to patients and personnel. --- Utilizes safe patient handling techniques --- Minimizes occupational injury by employing proper body mechanics during the performance of physical tasks --- Utilizes appropriate personal protective devices --- Minimizes the risk of fire by utilizing safe work practices and verbalizes personal role in the event of a surgical fire --- Maintains a clean and safe work area. Takes precautions to avoid hazards associated with infectious and non-infectious wastes --- Applies the principles of asepsis to the practice of sterile technique --- Performs hand antisepsis according to established guidelines --- Utilizes sterile technique when donning gown and glove --- Able to don gown and gloves and assist others to do so without contamination --- Creates and maintains a sterile field according to AORN guidelines --- Inspects items to be introduced to the sterile field for proper processing, packaging, and package integrity --- Verbalizes knowledge of correct traffic patterns in and around the sterile field --- Recognizes breaks in sterile technique when preparing, performing or assisting with operative procedures. Takes immediate corrective action when a break in sterile technique occurs --- Successfully demonstrates competencies of decontamination, high level sterilization, and immediate use sterilization --- Differentiates between non-critical, semi-critical, and critical items --- Selects the appropriate method of sterilization according to the manufacturer's instructions for use (IFU) --- Operates sterilizers according to manufacturer's recommendations with appropriate chemical and biological indicators. Completely documents each sterilization cycle --- Demonstrates knowledge of relevant anatomy, pathology, surgical procedures, and surgeon preferences. --- Selects appropriate supplies, instruments, and equipment for surgical procedures --- Prepares and updates surgeon preference information --- Collects and identifies specimens as directed by surgeon communicating information clearly and completely to RN circulator --- Participates in sponge, sharp, and instrument counts to prevent the retention of unintended foreign bodies --- Adheres to the policies and procedures as outlined in the exposure control manual: Standard Precautions, Blood Borne Pathogens, Disposal of Sharps, Blood/Body Fluid Spills and Medical Waste Disposal --- Adheres to hospital policies and procedures related to: --- Mandatory education --- Annual Health assessment --- Licensure verification --- Independently scrubs basic surgical procedures --- Demonstrates ability to problem solve in relation to the procedure being performed --- Applies base knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, and pharmacology for optimal surgical patient care --- Applies basic knowledge of equipment being used in the procedure being performed --- Participates in ongoing education and training to advance practice --- Obtains and maintains certification by participating in continuing education activities

Keywords: Ellis Medicine, Schenectady , Surgical Technologist, Healthcare , Schenectady, New York

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