As defined by the American College of Surgeons, the Surgical First Assistant is a trained individual who is able to participate and actively assist the surgeon in completing the operation safely and expeditiously. The Surgical First Assist provides aid in exposure, hemostasis , and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. The role of the Surgical First Assist provides immediate support to the surgeon and should be knowledgeable, well rounded, helpful and has a supportive team attitude.
- Upholds the organizations' Mission, Values and Goals by adhering to the NHS Standards of Performance.
- Establishes priorities based on patient needs and emergent unit activities.
- Demonstrates knowledge of the anatomical aspects of each surgical procedure, physiology and operative technique as it relates to first assisting. Considers the individual operative procedure, stage of operating and physical characteristics of the patient, type of tissue, hemostasis and wound closure as assigned. Demonstrates skills in tissue handling, utilizing retractors, surgical exposure, providing hemostasis, suturing and skin stapling. Performs efficiently in surgical emergencies and follows established protocols.
- The First Assist Scrub Tech is responsible to prepare the operative field and anticipate the patient and surgeons’ needs in accordance with written standards of nursing care.
- Handles instruments and supplies correctly and ensures their proper functioning, using care with sharps on the Mayo stand and when passing to surgeon. All needles remain in the pack or secured on a needle holder or in the needle counter.
- Assists with sterile table and room preparation. Maintains a clean and orderly environment through proper cleansing of equipment and/or disposal of equipment and containment of contaminated materials, sharps and needles used in unit activities.
- Interacts with patients and others in a courteous and respectful manner, inspiring confidence by performing and communicating in a professional and ethical manner. Demonstrates effective communication methods and skills by utilizing lines of authority properly.
- Consistently follows infection control and OSHA requirements.
- Interacts with patients and others in a courteous and respectful manner, inspiring confidence by performing and communicating in a professional and ethical manner.
- Communicates relevant information to patients, patients’ families, physicians and health care team members to achieve desired outcomes both in person and via written/telephone communications, while maintaining confidentiality.
- Successfully communicates with director and other leaders regarding identified trends, problems, and opportunities for more effective and efficient care. Follows up on problems until resolution is reached or problem is referred.
- Corporate Compliance: The employee has met the standards outlined in the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct Handbook. Maintains an ongoing awareness of the right to privacy and confidentiality.
- Accepts responsibility for fulfilling conditions of employment; mandatory in-service education, competency testing, etc.
- Actively participates in JCAHO preparation and maintenance of standards and other regulatory requirements.
- Seeks opportunity for professional growth, such as, workshops, seminars, certification, etc., both internal and external to the organization.
- Collects, aggregates and analyzes performance improvement data and/or acts on opportunities for promotion of excellence in practice.
- Demonstrates commitment to the NHS organization and mission through active participation in specific projects, process groups, committees, and staff meetings.
- Has established a pattern of attendance that is in compliance with the Nanticoke Health Services attendance policy.
- Projects appropriate image by adhering to the dress code as per policy.
- Demonstrates understanding and application of NMH values – caring, excellence, leadership, pride, teamwork, integrity and standards for customer service.
- Demonstrates the ability to formulate and maintain positive working relationships with peers, managers, and other members of the health care team.
- Keeps up to date on organizational changes as evidenced by attending staff and other essential meetings and seeking clarification as appropriate.
- Other duties as assigned by the Department Director and/or his/her designee.
- Minimum 2year's Surgical Tech experience
- CPR required
- Graduate of a certified surgical tech program conducted by a community college, vocation school, or hospital school, or relevant hospital -based training. Other experience and education may be considered
- Current certification as a Certified First Assist by one of the Certifying bodies: American Board of surgical Assistants, National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, national Surgical Assisting Association
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