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Certified Surgical Tech First Assist CSTFA

Requisition R128717 Market Greenville, South Carolina Department Inpatient Surgery - St. Francis - Downtown Shift Days/Afternoons Schedule Full-time

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Position Summary:  The certified surgical first assist under the direct supervision of the Supervisor and the surgeon is responsible for the care and safety of patients undergoing surgical intervention based on the standards of CSA. The Surgical First Assist is responsible for patient positioning, holding retraction for exposure, tying sutures, assisting dressing application and closing the skin. (A more detailed description is below under responsibilities).  Additional responsibilities include setting up the operating room with the necessary equipment prior to the procedure start time, maintaining sterile technique, assist in set up and room turnover as well as restocking supplies used in surgery. Must work closely with the charge nurse for assignments, act as a resource person for procedures, and maintain certification as a surgical assistant.  When surgical assisting services are not needed, at any time the surgical first assistant will function as a surgical technologist. 

Minimum Required Qualifications:

High School diploma Graduate of an Accredited school of Surgical Technology. Graduate of Accredited school of Surgical Assistant. Surgical Assistants with more than two years of SFA experience, and not currently certified, must receive their certification within six (6) months of hire date. New Graduate from a Certified Surgical First Assist school must receive their certification within one year.     Previous clinical experience (preferred) BCLS certification

Position Responsibilities: (Approved by the American College of Surgeons and Association of Surgical Technologists; Association of Surgical Assistants)

Essential Functions:

Patient positioning

The surgeon shall convey the exact position that will give the best

exposure for the surgical procedure. The surgical assistant will assist in carrying out this order. Consideration will be given to the patient’s comfort and safety.

Points of pressure shall be padded: elbows, heels, knees, eyes, face, and

axillary region so circulation is not impaired and nerve damage is guarded against.

The temperature of the patient should be discussed with the anesthesia

personnel and methods employed to maintain the desired temperature

             range.

The surgical assistant shall be familiar with common positions related to

the surgical procedure and will be able to use the equipment necessary to

provide the position.

Upon completion of the procedure, the patient shall be evaluated for any

possible damage from positioning which will include assessment of the

skin. The abnormal condition shall be reported to the surgeon and

       treatment and documentation shall be carried out.

Providing visualization of the operative site by the following:

Appropriate placement and securing of retractors with or without padding

Packing with sponges

Digital manipulation of tissue

Suctioning, irrigating, or sponging

Manipulation of suture materials (e.g., loops, tags, running sutures)

Proper use of body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon’s    view

Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis

Permanent:

Clamping and/or cauterizing vessels or tissueTying and/or ligating clamped vessels or tissueApplying hemostatic clipsPlacing local hemostatic agents

Temporary:

Applying tourniquets and demonstrating awareness of the

indications/contraindications for use with knowledge of side

      effects of extended use

Applying vessel loopsApplying non-crushing clampsApplying direct digital pressureParticipating in volume replacement or autotransfusion techniques as appropriate.Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body planes

Utilizing running or interrupted sutures with absorbable or nonabsorbable material of wound layers, including muscle and fascia

Utilizing subcuticular closure technique with or without adhesive skin closure strips

Closing skin with method per surgeon’s directive (suture, staples, etc.)

Postoperative subcutaneous injection of local anesthetic per surgeon’s directive

Selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings, including the following:

Liquid or spray occlusive materials

Absorbent material affixed with tape or circumferential wrapping

Immobilizing dressing (soft or rigid)

Providing assistance in securing drainage systems to tissue

Assisting in Robotic Procedures:

Responsibilities as allowed by the Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) “Guideline Statement for the Surgical Assistant in Robotic Surgery,” adopted by the ASA Board 5/17/2017.

Other functions:

1.     Setting up the operating room with necessary equipment prior to the start time

2.     Maintain sterile technique

3.     Assist in room set up and room turnover

4.     Restocking surgical supplies as necessary

5.     Access to storage areas with minimal risk medications while performing job duties as assigned

6.     Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Patient Population Served:  Provides comprehensive care according to patient’s age and stage of growth and development.

Physical Requirements:  Constant, prolonged, extensive standing and walking; manual dexterity and visual acuity.  Frequent patient ambulation, transfers, lifts, positioning, and pushing of patients via stretchers or wheelchairs.  Ability to lift supplies and equipment up to 30 pounds.

Environmental Conditions:  Frequently exposed to patients with potentially infectious blood and / or body fluids.

Working Conditions:  Frequently subject to long, irregular (flexible) hours. Frequently subject to varying and unpredictable stressful situations.  Handles emergency and crisis situations.  Occasionally operates computer to process orders and communicate information.  Frequently answers telephone.  Constant use of vision; frequent close-up reading.  Constant manual dexterity required to include grasping, handling, reading, fingering and feeling.  Constant hearing, normal speech, hearing on telephone, speaking in person and on the telephone.

Required Protective Equipment:  Nursing uniform, scrubs and / or lab coat. Occasionally gown, gloves, protective eye wear, face protection, respirator, or other protective equipment as indicated.

Bon Secoursis an equal opportunity employer.

Many of our opportunities reward* your hard work with:

  • Comprehensive, affordable medical, dental and vision plans
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance w/AD&D
  • Employer contributions to retirement savings plan when eligible
  • Paid time off
  • Educational Assistance
  • And much more

*Benefits offerings vary according to employment status

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

40

Work Shift:

Days/Afternoons

Department:

Inpatient Surgery - St. Francis - Downtown

All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. If you’d like to view a copy of the affirmative action plan or policy statement for  Mercy Health – Youngstown, Ohio or Bon Secours – Franklin, Virginia; Petersburg, Virginia; and Emporia, Virginia, which are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers, please email recruitment@mercy.com. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact The Talent Acquisition Team at recruitment@mercy.com.

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