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CST - Surgical Technologist - Orthopedic
Ref No.: 15-00613
Category: Surgical Technician
Location: Hampton, Virginia
Start Date: 08/21/2015
CST - Surgical Technician - Orthopedic
An Old Soul and Youthful Enthusiasm Coastal Town

The Community - Hampton, VA
A city with an old soul and youthful enthusiasm. A Coastal Virginia vacation destination with fascinating sights to see and interesting things to do. A convention city with flexible facilities and a confident, can-do attitude. Situated in the middle of the Hampton Roads region and the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, Hampton welcomes many vacationers and meeting attendees alike with charming hospitality, multi-faceted attractions and activities, and an atmosphere of discovery that you'll find pleasantly surprising.

Langley Air Force Base

Langley Air Force Base is the home of the United States Air Force's 633d Air Base Wing, 1st Fighter Wing and the 480th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing. It also hosts the Global Cyberspace Integration Center field operating agency, the 192D Fighter Wing of the Virginia Air National Guard and Headquarters Air Combat Command. The base is one of the oldest facilities of the Air Force, having been established on 30 December 1916, prior to America's entry to World War I by the Army Air Service, named for aviation pioneer Samuel Pierpont Langley.

 
Overview
Participates in managing and evaluating surgical patient care activities. Organizes the medical environment, performs and directs support activities in patient care situations, including contingency operations and disasters. Assists professional staff in providing patient care for the surgical patient before, during, and after surgery. Performs scrub and circulating duties in the operating room (OR). Assists with post-anesthesia recovery of patients. Processes, stores, and distributes sterile supplies. Participates in activities related to the OR and Central Sterile Supply Services (CSSS). Performs duties in the orthopedic surgical specialties.

Requirements (duties include but are not limited to)
  • Provides surgical patient care activities.
  • Transports patients, and related records to and from the OR and recovery room.
  • Assists nursing staff with preoperative patient preparation activities.
  • Helps with routing medical materiel management activities.
  • Accomplishes routine safety checks and operator preventive maintenance on fixed and moveable medical equipment and fixtures.
  • Performs routine and specialized housekeeping activities. Prepares OR for surgery by setting up and opening sterile supplies and instruments.
  • Assists anesthesia personnel with patient positioning and anesthesia administration.
  • Applies principles of asepsis, infection control, and medical ethics.
  • Assists with terminal cleanup of OR and prepares for follow-up procedures.
  • Receives, decontaminates, and cleans soiled patient care items.
  • Assembles, wraps, and sterilizes instrument sets, supplies, and linen packs. Stores, maintains, and distributes sterile patient care items.
  • Assists the circulating nurse with preparing records, reports, and requests.
  • Prepares specimens for transport to the laboratory.
  • Performs scrub duties in operating room. Scrubs hands and arms and dons sterile gown and gloves. Prepares and maintains sterile instruments, supplies, and equipment of draped tables and stands. Counts sponges, needles, instruments, and related items with circulating nurse before, during, and after surgical procedures. Assists the operative team with applying sterile drapes to the surgical field. Passes instruments, sutures, and other supplies to the sterile operative team. Anticipates surgeon's needs, and provides additional assistance as directed. Cares for surgical specimens on the sterile field. Cleans and prepares instruments and reusable supplies for terminal sterilization and decontamination.
  • Performs recovery room or basic nursing duties. Assists surgeon and nursing staff with monitoring and recording vital signs. Administers oxygen, helps arouse patient, and carries out surgeon's post-operative orders. Assists with identifying and managing of postoperative complications.
  • Performs general clinic functions. Prepares patients, instruments, supplies, and equipment for specialized procedures in the OR and specialty clinics. Assists specialty surgeon during surgical and diagnostic procedures. Assembles, operates, and maintains diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. Orders diagnostic laboratory and radiographic procedures as directed. Performs activities unique to specific surgical clinics.
  • Attends in-service training in new procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Screens and checks-in patients and escorts patients to treatment areas.
  • Accurately prepares room & patient for examinations, therapeutic measures and procedures assuring all needed equipment and supplies are available prior to the start of the exam.
  • Takes, monitors and records physiological measurements.
  • Triages urgent needs.
  • Assist with medical treatment, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures per treatment protocols.
  • Prepares and administers medications under the supervision of a nurse or health care provider.
  • Chaperones patients.
  • Assembles, maintains, and operates medical, diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
  • Maintains or assists with appropriate and accurate health record storage and retrieval systems.
  • Provides patient/parent education as requested.
  • Performs or assists with the performance of specialized testing and examinations.
  • Assist with routine and emergency orthopedic procedures.
  • Upon completion of procedures and examinations, properly cleans and organizes room and performs any necessary cleaning of equipment as established by departmental policies and procedures and standards.
  • Ensures all equipment is properly cleaned and stored at the end of each work shift.
  • Ensures preventative maintenance and routine cleaning are performed as directed.
  • Ensure a safe work environment and employees safe work habits.
  • Provides patients with the upmost care and attention. All patients shall be assured of their privacy and personal dignity.
  • Prepares all documentation to meet or exceed established standards of the MTF, to include, but not limited to, timeliness, accuracy, content and signature. Only MTF and Air Force-approved abbreviations shall be used for documentation of the patient health record.
Qualifications
  • Must have knowledge of fundamentals of anatomy and physiology; principles of asepsis and sterile techniques; preparing and storing surgical sets and packs, surgical instrumentation, and equipment; OR and anesthesia procedures; pathology as it applies to specimen care and handling; basic microbiology and infection control principles; basic surgical pharmacology; sterilizing and disinfecting procedures; surgical and anesthesia complications and their treatment; hospital and OR environmental hazards and safety procedures; handling and storage of compressed gases; basic medical material procedures; basic medical administrations procedures; legal aspects of preoperative care and medical ethics; roles and qualifications of surgical team members; and basic clinical functions.
  • Completion of an accredited surgical service and clinical course.
  • Completion of an accredited basic orthopedic course.
  • Completion of a surgical technologist program recognized and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Have at least 12 months of experience within the last 36 months as an orthopedic surgical services technician.
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