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Surgery - Certified Surgical Technician First Assistant (CSTFA) , Decatur

Location: Decatur, TX
Date Posted: 05-30-2018
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: 
The Certified Surgical Technician/First Assistant in the surgical department is a care giver who assists in various types of surgical procedures.

The CST/First Assistants principle duties include:
  • 1) Preparing the OR room, supplies, instruments, and equipment for assigned procedures.
  • 2) the CST/First assistant applies principles of sterile technique while performing in the intra-operative setting.
  • 3) Maintains sterile field to promote safety and infection control
  • 4) Ensures all cases are pulled for scheduled procedure
  • 5) Opens sterile supplies for procedures and checks indicators for  integrity of packaging
  • 6) Adheres to Universal Protocol and actively participates in a “TIME-OUT” before each procedure 7) adheres to OR procedures for counting, medication labeling and other scrub duties.
  • 7) Follows AORN recommended practices and guidelines along with surgical services & hospital policies and procedure.
  • 8) Functions as first assistant during operative procedures in accordance with the scope of practice, credentials and education and demonstrates knowledge base and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the condition and age of the patients served and the variety of procedures performed.  
 
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: 
  • The Certified Surgical Technician/First Assistant is under the direct supervision of the circulating nurse during surgery and under the direction of the Surgery Clinical Coordinator and the Director of Perioperative Services.
 
REQUIREMENTS:    
  • 1.) High school graduate or GED preferred
  • 2.)  BCLS
  • 3.) Surgical technician certification
  • 4.) Call required
  • 5.) Certification as a surgical first assistant
 
Must have current licensure/certifications upon hire. 

New Hires will have 60 days to acquire the required Basic Life Support (CPR, ACLS, PALS, BLS, and/or any other life support certifications required for the job).
 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Able to lift 10-20 pounds daily stand for long periods
 
EMPLOYEE STATUS:
  • Non-exempt hourly
 
OSHA TASK CATEGORY ONE:       
  • There is an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues, or a potential for spills splashes during the performance of the job. 
  • Universal precautions must be observed and protective devices worn by the employee when performing those tasks likely to cause exposure.
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