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Surgical Technologist First Assistant in Southfield, MI at Oakland Regional Hospital

Date Posted: 11/6/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Shift Time: Days
Shift Length: 8 hours
Standard Hours Per Week: Contingent status, Hours Vary

Role/Position Definition:

Responsible for preparing instruments and supplies to perform procedures according to the physician’s documented preferred routine. Ability to prepare the operating field for procedures while performing routine and delegated duties. Provides aide in exposure, hemostasis, closure, and other intraoperative technical functions that help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Determine specific equipment needed per procedure.
  • Review permit to confirm procedure and special needs.
  • Select and placement of x-rays for reference.
  • Assists in moving and positioning of patient.
  • Insert and remove Foley urinary bladder catheter.
  • Place pneumatic tourniquet with surgeon.
  • Drape patient within surgeon’s guidelines.
  • Provide retraction of tissue and organs for optimal visualization with regard to tissue type and appropriate retraction instrument and/or technique, under physician supervision.
  • Assists in maintaining hemostasis by direct pressure, use and application of appropriate surgical instrument for the task, placement of ties, placement of suture ligatures, application of chemical hemostatic agents, or other measure as directed by the surgeon.
  • Use electrocautery mono and bi-polar.
  • Clamp, ligate, and cut tissue per surgeon’s directive.
  • Close all wound layers (facia, subcutaneous, and skin) as per surgeon’s directive.
  • Insert drainage tubes per surgeon’s directive.
  • Select and apply wound dressings.
  • Perform any other duties or procedures incident to the surgical procedure deemed necessary and as directed by the surgeon.
  • Assists in a variety of surgery specialties: General surgery, Orthopedic surgery, Neurosurgery, Spinal surgery, Vascular surgery, Trauma surgery, and Plastic surgery.
  • Assists in the placement of orthopedic postoperative devices.
  • Supports the philosophy, goals, and objectives of the Organization.
  • Supports, and performs according to, approved policies and procedures.
  • Considers patient rights in performance of job duties and responsibilities.
  • Participates as a team member in support of the total perioperative process.
  • Contributes to the progress and development of the approved Quality Management Program.
  • Supports risk management and participates in programs directed to patient and staff safety.
  • Contributes to the quality management process; identifies role and contributions upon request.
  • Objectively evaluates suggestions, grievances, and processes to identify opportunities to improve performance and quality of care.
  • Communicates effectively with patients, visitors, physicians, and co workers.
  • Interactions are respectful and courteous.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally using a translator when necessary.
  • Documents that information received from the patient are disseminated to the appropriate people or departments.
  • Maintains and promotes professional competence through continuing education and other learning experiences.
  • Participates in committees, conferences, and quality management activities.
  • Seeks new learning experiences by accepting challenging opportunities and responsibilities.
  • Objectively evaluates suggestions or criticisms and attempts to improve performance or seeks further guidance, as needed.
  • Attends and actively participates in meetings, committees, in-services, workshops, seminars, and conferences according to job responsibilities and facility requirements.
  • Adheres to safety policies and procedures in performing job duties and responsibilities.
  • Reports observed or suspected violations, hazards, and noncompliance according to Facility policy.
  • Observes safety measures in performance of job duties and responsibilities.
  • Responds to emergency situations with competences and composure.
  • Interacts appropriately with various age groups.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Qualifications/Position Requirements:

A. Education/Experience

  • Successful completion of an AST certified Surgical First Assistant Program OR 3+ years of First Assistant experience required.
  • Experience in surgery specialties of Orthopedic and Hand required.
  • Associates degree in a Surgical Technology related field preferred.

B. Licensure/Certification

  • AST Surgical First Assistant certification preferred.
  • Current BLS certification required.

C. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must possess thorough knowledge of surgical instrumentation.
  • Knowledge of surgical equipment, procedures, and protocols relating to orthopedic surgical cases.
  • Requires frequent judgment and response; occasionally in response to disasters or emergencies, actual events or drills.
  • Requires high-level visual and auditory acuity for timely response.
  • Requires effective listening and language skills adequate for high-level written and interpersonal communication.
  • Must possess customer service skills and be able to demonstrate at all times.
  • Must possess effective organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple demands and multi-task.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative.
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail while performing tasks.
  • Ability to move quickly in response to physician and patient needs.
  • Ability to recognize and process confidential and sensitive information appropriately.