Surgical technologists work under the supervision and delegatory authority of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures, ensuring that the operating room environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety. Surgical technologists are experts in the theory and application of the principles of asepsis and sterile technique to combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation and tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. The surgical technologist handles the instruments, supplies, and equipment necessary during the surgical procedure. He/she has an understanding of the procedure being performed and anticipates the needs of the surgeon. He/she has the necessary knowledge and ability to ensure quality patient care during the operative procedure and is constantly on vigil for maintenance of the sterile field.
Prepares and anticipates instrumentation, equipment, and supplies for usage during the procedure.
Sets up the sterile back table and Mayo stand with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for the procedure.
Performs initial instrument, sharps and sponge counts with the circulator.
Participates in the surgical site and patient verification during the briefing process.
Assists with draping the patient and establishing the sterile field.
Anticipates the needs of the surgeon by passing instruments and supplies to surgeon during procedure.
Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during the procedure.
Prepares and passes off specimen(s) as appropriate
Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization.
Assists other members of the team with cleaning the operating room to facilitate turn overs.
Participates in debriefing and quality improvement practices to ensure quality patient care.
Assists in the development of a proper learning environment in relation to orientation and education of personnel and students.
Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. It should be understood, therefore, that incumbents may be asked to perform job-related duties beyond those explicitly described.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
A. Education / Training: Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology program.
B. Work Experience: Preferred but not required.
C. Certification, Licensure, Registration: Certification by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) preferred. Certification mandated within 6 months of date of hire. Membership to the AST preferred but not required.
D. Other Qualifications:
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, organizational skills, and able to adapt to rapidly changing environment.
A. Physical Effort: Able to stand for long periods. Able to lift/move instrument pans and equipment using proper body mechanics.
B. Work Environment: Restricted, sterile environment with controlled humidity and temperature.