The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements, which may be inherent in the position.
A Surgical scrub technician is a graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology Program.
Supervised by the Surgical Services Unit Charge Nurses and the Director of Surgical Services
Functions and Responsibilities:
Adherence to hospital/department policy
>Maintains good attendance record.
>Arrives to work punctually
>Follows dress code
>Adheres to safety policies
>Participates in continuing education
>Follows department of nursing and hospital policy and procedures
>Complies with surgery department policy and procedures
>Complies with call and staffing assignments
>Assist the registered nurse in planning patient care.
>Collaborates with other health team members
>Participates in performance improvement activities.
>Conscientiously and continuously applies the principles and tools learned during orientation and training on a daily basis.
Positioning the patient: The surgeon shall convey the exact position that will give the best exposure for the surgical procedure. The surgical assistant will carry out this order. Consideration will be given to the patient’s comfort and safety.
Points of pressure shall be padded: elbows, heels, knees, eyes, face, and axillary region.
Circulation shall not be impaired (A tourniquet may be required for some procedures).
Nerve damage shall be guarded against.
The temperature of the patient should be discussed with the anesthesia personnel and methods employed to maintain the desired temperature range.
The surgical assistant shall be familiar with common positions related to the surgical procedure and will be able to use the equipment necessary to provide the position.
Knowledgable of any other equipment needed.
Upon completion of the procedure, the patient shall be evaluated for any possible damage from positioning which will include assessment of the treatment and documentation shall be carried out.
Providing visualization of the operative site by the following:
Appropriate placement and securing of retractors with or without padding
Packing with sponges
Digital manipulation of tissue
Suctioning, irrigating, or sponging
Manipulation of suture materials (e.g., loops, tags, running sutures).
Proper use of body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon’s view.
Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis:
Applying direct digital pressure
Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body planes:
With formal class training, may close skin with method indicated by surgeon (suture, staples etc.).
Selecting and applying appropriate wound dressing, including the following: Liquid or spray occlusive materials
Absorbent material affixed with tape or circumferential wrapping
Immobilizing dressing (soft or rigid).
Provides assistance in securing drainage systems to tissue.
Performs urinary catheterization when necessary. Care of Environment and equipment
>Maintains equipment and supplies
Information processing and documentation
>Communicates patient information
>Charges for equipment and supplies
>Uses computer system efficiently
>Maintains flexibility and adaptability
>Supports unit teams
>Consistently meets the hospital’s Journey to Service Excellence standards
>Supports Customer Service
>Collaborates with appropriate charge nurse regarding precepting of orientee and documents progress or concerns.
Must have current BCLS certification
Surgical Technologist certification through the National Board of Surgical Technology.