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Job SummaryThe Surgical Tech Extern works under the supervision of the registered nurse and medical staff to assist in facilitating safe and effective surgical procedures. The student surgical tech works to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. A student surgical technologist possesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
Prepares operating room with the assistance of other personnel in accordance with procedures for disinfection of furniture and equipment; selects and secures appropriate instruments, equipment and supplies according to a particular surgical procedure. Under the supervision of a RN or Surgical Tech, exercises proper sterile technique, opens and arranges sterile field in accordance with accepted protocol for each surgical procedure to be performed including routine and special procedures.
Under the guidance of the surgical team, utilizes appropriate sterilization methods for special equipment and instruments.
Reports pertinent patient information including changes in patient's condition or observations relevant to patient care to the Registered Nurse.
Assists surgical team in assuring that all items used are replaced in inventory, charged for and reported to circulator of case.
Assists with maintaining cleanliness of work environment. Assists in cleaning the OR for the next procedure including disposal of contaminated linens and waste, cleaning instruments as needed and disinfecting equipment. Assists surgical team with disposition of used equipment. Recognizes and reports malfunctioning of unsafe equipment to appropriate persons.
Assists Surgical Team with the replacement of med/surg supplies. Uses proper procedure for securing supplies from other areas. Assists surgical team with needed supplies for scheduled procedures.
Assists the surgical team with the checking, restocking and inventorying of supplies; checks, rotates and reprocesses dated items. Assists with inventories and ordering of supplies as assigned.
Demonstrates initiative in learning the composition of all surgical trays and specialty items used in procedures in Operating Room. Displays a willingness to learn the use and maintenance of assigned equipment.
Maintains confidentiality of patients, personnel and system information. Maintains and respects patients' privacy. Maintains a courteous and professional manner in dealing with patients, visitors, medical staff and fellow team members.
This is a non management job that will report to a supervisor, manager, director or executive
Enrollment in an accredited Surgical Technology Program
Letter of recommendation from surgical tech instructor is preferred.
Other Required Skills/Experience
Work ShiftVariable (United States of America)
LocationGreenville Memorial Med Campus
Facility1008 Greenville Memorial Hospital
Department10086160 Operating Room
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