The surgical assistant position is a surgery based advanced practice surgical technician position which includes direct patient care activities under the direct supervision of the surgeon during the first assisting phase of the intraoperative experience. The surgical assistant may function as a surgical technician when not first assisting.

Competently assists with proper patient positioning, prepping and draping.

Maintains aseptic technique and infection control practices.

Applies knowledge of surgical anatomy, physiology and operative techniques for all procedures.

Works collaboratively with the OR team in pulling equipment and supplies.

Assisting with room turnover and improving first case starts.

Competent and proficient to assist with all specialties and all surgeons as assigned.

Employs and demonstrates team concept with action and communication. Performs functions intra-operatively under the direction of the surgeon and within the scope of practice, experience and capabilities.

Provides hemostasis by clamping, coagulating and ligating vessels.

Provides surgical exposure through appropriate use of instruments, retractors, suctioning and sponging techniques.

Dissects and creates small incisional wounds for drains, cannulas and trocars as verbally directed and indicated by the surgeon.

Performs wound closure as directed by the surgeon using suture, mechanical staplers to include peritoneum, fascia, subcutaneous tissue and skin.

Applies surgical dressing.

Supports infection control practices as directed by departmental and regulatory standards.

Required Minimum Education:
Completion of course work in anatomy and physiology. Successful completion of an accredited certified surgical assistant program.

Required Minimum Experience:
Two (2) years experience as a surgical assistant or five (5) years recent experience as a surgical technician in an acute hospital setting

Required License/Certification:
Certified as a surgical assistant

Associated topics: cardiac, cst, ob, operating room, operating room technician, relief, scrub, sje, surgical assistant, surgical technologist

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