Surgical Tech

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Connecticut Orthopaedics is seeking a Certified Surgical Technologist to function as a member of the healthcare team performing technical and clinical duties required for surgical procedures at our Surgical Center in Branford, CT. We offer a professional, congenial work environment, professional development, and a comprehensive suite of benefits. If you are interested in joining a dynamic team of medical professionals, we encourage you to apply.
Essential Responsibilities:
Case Preparation Turnover
  • Select and assemble all sterile disposable equipment, supplies, and instrumentation for a specified procedure-using physician’s preference card.
  • Stock O.R. with any needed Arthroscopy fluid, suction canisters, etc.
  • Assist the anesthesiologist, surgeon, and circulating nurse with patient transfers and positioning as needed.
  • Transfer sterilized instrumentation from the clean utility room to the O.R. using proper technique.
  • Storage and retrieval of sterile instrumentation and supplies.
  • Transfer contaminated instruments from O.R. to dirty utility room using proper technique.
  • Decontaminate all equipment, instrumentation, and supplies using proper protective precautions and proper care of instrumentation.
  • Assist in cleaning O.R. after every case including: mopping floor, changing trash, and wiping down equipment.
Decontamination Room
  • After donning personal protective equipment (eyewear, gloves, and gown), sorts all contaminated instruments, isolating any sharps and/or power equipment.
  • Scrupulously washes all surgical instruments, disassembling some as needed.
  • Ultrasounds all appropriate instrumentation.
  • Dries, inspects, and lubricates all instruments as needed.
  • Re-assembles sets of instruments in preparation for sterilization.
  • Passes clean instrumentation to sterilization room.
  • Prepares damaged instrumentation for mailing and shipping, promptly taking care to enclose proper documentation of package contents, including serial numbers.
Sterilization Room Testing
  • Assures daily Bowie-Dick and biological indicator tests are completed and pass. Assures steam indicators and indicator tape is used for all packages and instrument sets are to be sterilized.
  • Runs all sterilization cycles. Positions all sterilization items appropriately on wire racks in autoclave
  • Chooses appropriate cycles and times for wrapped and unwrapped (FLASH) cycles.
  • Always check printout for proper sterilization parameters before transferring any instrumentation to the O.R. or to the shelves for storage.
  • Places a biological indicator in all implant and/or FLASH loads.
  • Is familiar with the days schedule and needed instrumentation and prioritizes sterilization loads to avoid delays or the need to flash instrumentation.
  • Keeps all sterilization records according to Center’s policies.
  • Stores all sterile instrumentation according to standards and Center’s policies.
  • Follows manufacturer’s instruction on all equipment maintenance.
  • Cares for all decontamination and sterilization equipment according to manufacturers and Biomedical Engineering Instructions.
  • Contacts Biomedical Engineering to schedule routine or emergency maintenance as needed.
  • Reports any equipment problems or repairs as needed.
  • Receives all incoming orders and updates computer system.
  • Receives and maintains linen orders.
  • Assists in setting up, organizing, stocking, and cleaning all supply and linen areas.
  • Assists in inventory, storage, and retrieval of supplies and equipment.
  • Helps clean and maintain rooms, equipment, and furniture according to standards and Center policy.
  • Assists with emergency procedures as directed.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all patient and Center’s communications and documents.
  • Communicates a positive and caring attitude towards patients, peers, staff, physicians, and all other contacts.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Director, Surgical Services
Skills and Abilities:
  • Must be able to multi-task efficiently without loss of accuracy, focus and follow through
  • Organization and timeliness
  • Ability to work safely and efficiently in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to meet the needs of the Center as demanded by the schedule, particularly when overtime hours and time changes become necessary.
  • Ability to work well with physicians, employees, patients, and others

Experience/Educational requirements:

  • High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • Certificate from a sterilization technician program required.
  • Knowledge of reprocessing and sterilization standards.
  • Minimum one (1) year Reprocessing Tech experience required’
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