Under the direction of a RN, the Surgical Technician II works cooperatively with all surgical team members functioning as scrub assistant to the surgeon and assistant surgeon during surgical procedures. The Surgical Technician II is knowledgeable about, skilled in, and coordinates at least one area of expertise in the Operating Room. The Surgical Technician II is responsible for adhering to all standards of care and for promoting teamwork among coworkers.
Assists the circulating nurse in preparing the assigned operating room for surgery
Checks the surgeons preference cards before beginning all surgeries
Scrubs, gowns, and gloves according to approved techniques
Practices aseptic technique in opening surgical packs, sutures, and trays
Maintains a sterile field throughout each surgical procedure.
Performs sponge and needle counts according to policies/ procedures
Provides health care services in own job category to the following age groups as applicable to job functions and as appropriate in regularly assigned clinical areas: Infancy: birth - 1 year Toddler: 1 year - 3 years Pre-School: 3 years - 6 years School Age: 6 years - 12 years Adolescent: 12 years - 18 years Adulthood: 19 years - 45 years Middle Adult: 45 years - 59 years Late Adult: 60 years - 79 years 80 years >
Assists the surgeon and assistant surgeon by passing instruments during surgical procedures.
Checks medications used during surgical procedures with the circulating nurse
Reports any breaks in aseptic technique and restores sterile field
Handles and identifies specimens correctly; obtains surgeons permission before handing specimens off the sterile field.
Reports to circulating nurse any drains or packing remaining in patients after surgery
Applies dressing to wounds and cleanses skin immediately following surgery
Assists in the transfer of patients from the surgical table to gurney
Operates surgical tables, lights, electro-surgical units, and instrumentation systems used during surgical procedures
Assists the circulating nurse in cleaning and preparing the operating room for surgeries to follow
Maintains a safe working environment: ensures gurneys are in locked position except when transporting, ensures side rails are in up position as indicated, keeps unit free of hazards/clutter, adheres to infection prevention guidelines, disposes of infectious waste properly
Maintains confidentiality and uses discretion when discussing patient information
Answers the telephone promptly and courteously and relays calls/messages to the appropriate person in a timely manner
Graduate from a school of Surgical Technology OR Military training for Surgical Tech OR 2 years acute care experience as a Surgical Tech
License / Certification Requirements
BCLS or ACLS Certification