Surgical Technician - (BTL VAPAHCS.19) Palo Alto, CA Palo alto, CA, US 93404
BTL Technologies, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA Palo alto, CA
Full-time Job Title Surgical Technician Job Description
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.
VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON CONTRACT AWARD
In support of the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System will perform a variety of surgical technician duties at the VA facilities in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:
Functions as a primary scrub person responsible for handling instruments, supplies, and equipment during all surgical procedures such as: open heart, thoracic, major vascular, neurosurgery, microsurgery, and total joint replacement surgery.
Sets up sterile field with all required items for each procedure such as air-powered equipment, fiber optic equipment, laparoscopic equipment, microscopes, lasers, arthroscopy equipment, urologic equipment, and other operating room supplies and equipment.
Plans and discusses each procedure with surgical professionals and assures that all supplies and equipment are available prior to the surgical procedure.
Prepares, organizes, and maintains highly complex sterile surgical set-ups.
Observes and responds promptly to each stage of the surgical procedure and anticipates the needs of the surgeon by maintaining a high level of concentration for extended periods of time.
Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling specimens, supplies, and equipment.
Assists the team members with care of the patient, i.e., positioning, prepping, and obtaining supplies.
Handles all specimens appropriately.
In conjunction with the circulating Registered Nurse (RN), performs sponge and instrument counts to verify accuracy. Responsible for the accountability for all surgical instruments and equipment during the surgical procedure.
Assists the surgeon by performing such procedures as preparing skin grafts, suctioning, holding retractors, applying skin staples, and cutting sutures Prepares prosthesis and surgical devices during procedures.
Assists residents, medical students, nursing students, operating room technology students, and new Operating Room (OR) staff in the operation of equipment, sterile technique, handling of instruments, and OR procedures to include the scrub role in surgical procedures.
Provides support to on-call staff during emergency surgeries by obtaining supplies and instruments from Sterile Processing Service (SPS) during off-shifts.
Performs non-technical maintenance of equipment to prevent malfunctions.
Maintains OR area.
Assesses equipment needs and maintains adequate stock of supplies and materials.
Recognizes potentially hazardous situations (e.g., frayed cords, water on floor) and takes corrective action.
Provides guidance and support to Nursing Assistants and other Surgical Technicians.
Provides guidance and support to students, registry surgiCal technologists, and RN trainees.
Assists surgical team members in quality improvement activities.
Updates personal knowledge regarding current trends in surgical technology through continuing education courses
High School Diploma
Minimum 2 years of experience as a surgical technician
Knowledge of sterilization techniques, infections, solutions, surgical procedures and equipment
Must have and maintain current certification from the Liaison Council on certification for the Surgical Technologist (LCC-ST) as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
Must possess current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certified by the American Heart Association or American Red Cross
Technicians must exercise a positive, helpful demeanor, display courtesy and tact frequently under stressful conditions and duress at an accelerated pace due to life threatening patient situations.
Constant standing, walking, lifting, and bending is required.
May be exposed to highly contagious/infectious disease and from radiation from portable x-ray and continuous fluoroscopy equipment.
Duties require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients. There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing and walking in the operating room, and considerable manual dexterity is required while passing instruments and surgical materials.
Understand, speak, read and write English fluently
Location Palo Alto, CA - Palo alto, CA 93404 US (Primary) Category Medical
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