Full-Time OR Technician
OPERATING ROOM TECHNICIANS
SAN ANTONIO MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER
JBSA-FORT SAM HOUSTON, TX
Operating Room (OR Techs) Technicians shall provide the services for the San Antonio Military Medical Center, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX, to augment or supplement the staffing at Army military treatment facilities (MTFs) to provide services that contribute to a stable workforce providing quality services due to surges in workload, deployments and civilian personnel vacancies.
All services shall be provided in accordance with established standards, principles and ethics of the profession and applicable professional specialty organizations, The Joint Commission (TJC) standards, applicable Department of Defense (DoD) and service specific regulations, directives, and policies, and MTF policies, procedures, and job descriptions. OR Techs shall give the highest regard to patient dignity and observe the precepts of the American Hospital Association’s Bill of Rights for Patients and shall provide services in conjunction with other non-contract providers to include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered and licensed practical nurses, and support personnel. All OR Techs shall perform essentially the same functions, within the scope of acceptable practice, as those required by Army or government service health care professionals of similar experience and in similar duty assignments.
- All OR Techs must have a minimum of one (1) year within the last three (3) years as an operating room technician.
Licenses and Certifications:
- Current certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA, formerly the Liaison Council on Certification for the Surgical Technologist LCC-ST) as a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST).
- Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) from American Heart Association.
- Shall be a U.S. Citizen or meet the requirements of AR 25-2.
- Maintain a positive, helpful demeanor, display courtesy and tact frequently under stressful conditions and duress at an accelerated pace due to life threatening patient situations.
- Possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.
- Shall be able to read, write, and speak English well enough to effectively communicate with all patients and other health care providers.
- Shall be able to type and have had experience using computers especially Microsoft programs.
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. May be exposed to highly contagious/infectious disease and from radiation from portable x-ray and continuous fluoroscopy equipment.
HOURS OF PERFORMANCE
OR Techs shall provide support a seven (7) day a week, 24-hour a day operation to include holidays. Furthermore, these areas may also require weekend coverage. Below is an example of the most common shift times that would consist of eight (8) work hours with a non-paid 45 minute lunch or dinner break, a 10 hour shift with a 45 minute non-paid lunch or dinner break, and a 12 hour shift with a 45 minute non-paid lunch or dinner break. The maximum number of shift hours to be scheduled in a twenty-four hour period is twelve (12).
Day (1st) Shift 0645-1530
Evening (2nd) Shift 1445-2330
Night (3rd) Shift 2245-0730
OR Techs will normally work 32-40 hours per week on rotating shifts Sunday through Saturday, including Federal holidays. They may be scheduled to work overtime up to 80 hours per a twelve month period.
- Scheduled Absences shall be scheduled at least thirty (30) days in advance and mutually agreed upon by the Prosthetic Service Chief, Valforce, and COR.
- Unscheduled Absences shall be called into the worksite supervisor as soon as possible but not later than within the first hour of each duty day they are unable to report to work.
The duties and specific tasks are listed below are not inclusive but shall be applicable to the OR Tech:
- OR Techs must be able to circulate the full range of surgical procedures performed in the operating room at Brooke Army Medical Center. Surgical procedures range from routine (appendectomy, myringotomy, herniorrhapy) to complex high risk (neurosurgery, thoracic, cardiovascular, orthopedics) or trauma (vehicular accidents, gunshot, knife wounds) cases.
- OR Tech must be able to perform surgical scrub, don gown and gloves and prepare the sterile setup for the appropriate surgical procedure.
- OR Techs must function as a sterile member of the surgical team who passes instruments, sutures and sponges during surgery.
- OR Techs must be proficient at the entire gamut of processing, sterilizing and packaging surgical instrumentation for use in surgical procedures.
- OR Techs must be able to anticipate the needs of surgeons, pass instruments, provide sterile items in an efficient manner and practice aseptic technique wherever and whenever indicated.
- OR Techs may also perform the role of the circulator while under the direct supervision of a RN.
- OR Tech must exercise the universal precautions set forth by the Centers for Disease Control when providing direct patient care and/or indirect patient care involving possible exposure to contaminated items at BAMC.
- OR Tech will transport patients from hospital units to the OR assuring safe transportation of the patient.
- OR Tech will screen patients prior to transport to ensure preoperative medications have been given, jewelry, dentures and any prosthetic devices have been removed.
- OR Tech will check patient’s chart and identification band for completeness.
- OR Tech should be able to comfort patients fearing surgery.
- OR Tech should be able to contact with family and significant others are to provide information, counseling, emotional support, alleviate anxiety, fear and stress concerning patient condition and/or prognosis.
- OR Tech will document all patient care given and the progress of the patient utilizing BAMC’s documentation standards in the patient’s medical record manually and/or electronically.
- OR Tech will perform a vast array of direct patient care procedures to include but are not limited to: range of motion exercises, lifting, turning, transporting and positioning patients and securing patients as required.
- OR Tech will orient and train newly assigned personnel and students.
- Explain OR procedures and requirements identify and explain use of surgical instruments and equipment, sterilization techniques and aseptic procedures.
- OR Tech will observe, monitor and report findings to restore health and to prevent complications and deterioration in conditions such as respiratory distress, neurovascular and neurologic compromise, hemorrhage, sepsis, cardiac and vascular emergencies and requires emergent corrective action within the scope of practice.
- OR Tech will follow perioperative nursing care plan in preparing the OR and the patients; including being required to shave operative areas.
- OR Tech will be responsible for quality assurance/risk management and responds to breaches of standard procedures which compromise the patient or staff members.
- OR Tech may also serve as a project officer for select committees and participate in research projects that are consultative in nature and involve sharing information, gathering data for new or existing technologies.
- OR Tech will account for sponges, needles, blades, and instruments during the procedure and participates with counts at prescribed times during the procedure with the OR Nurse, including measuring blood and fluid loss.
- OR Tech will assist surgeons with complex or potentially life-threatening procedures, and anesthesiologists and anesthetists during induction and throughout procedure.
- OR Tech will hand instruments to the surgeon during the procedure by anticipating the surgeon’s needs and assist with application of dressings.
- OR Tech will select, assemble and organize required supplies, equipment and instruments for specific surgical procedure in accordance with operative work sheets, physician preference card and/or conferring with physician or charge nurse.
- OR Tech will obtain sterile supplies, sutures, dressings, linens, blood, medications, solutions, instruments, etc. for the specific procedure, pen instrument sets, pour solutions, set up and adjust equipment such as electric coagulator, electric bone saw and drill, operate microscope, air power drills, defibrillators and resuscitators, make suction connections and adjust operating lights.
- OR Tech will clean OR after surgery, remove and dispose of soiled and/or contaminated materials, change linen, washes, disassembles, sterilize and reassemble instruments.
- OR Tech will replenish sterile packs and general supplies and restock shelves after using existing supplies.
- OR Tech will set up and perform first echelon maintenance on all OR equipment.
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