Certified Surgical First Assistants are health care professionals, who provide surgical care to the patients. First Assistants work under the direct supervision of surgeons to help the effective and safe conduct of intrusive surgical procedures. First Assistants possess proficiency in the theory as well as in the application of aseptic and sterile techniques. They combine the overall knowledge of surgical procedures, human anatomy, and implement technologies and tools to facilitate a health care professional’s performance of invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Responsible for the appropriate supplies, equipment and instrumentation are available, opened and functioning properly for procedure.
Ensure appropriate test results, ie CT scans, MRI, Angiograms and X-rays are in the room and visible for surgeon.
Responsible that the patient is positioned, prepped and draped appropriately for procedures and to follow all safety and procedural guidelines.
Acts as First Assistant or Second Assistant to surgeon during surgical procedures i.e., hold retractors, ties off vessels and tissues, repairs incisions and lacerations, cuts and cauterizes tissues, etc., as needed and as directed for wide variety of surgical cases i.e., general medical, vascular, etc. Performs complex surgical techniques as needed and as directed by physician.
Ensure proper transport of patient to recovery area after completion of procedure.
Assist of personnel in the clean up and turnover of room to facilitate start of next procedure.
This list is not inclusive of all duties and responsibilities that may be assigned. They are only listed as typical. Any other duties and responsibilities assigned will be of a similar nature requiring the same relative skill and capabilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technologist/Surgical Assistant Program with at least two years of operation experience
Certification by NBSTSA (National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting) as either CST (Certified Surgical Technologist) and/or CFA (Certified First Assistant)
Re-certification on a regular basis is required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES – COMPETENCIES
Knowledge of recognition of surgical instruments, their storage, care and sterilization
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology
Knowledge of general and peripheral vascular procedures
Knowledge base of Operating room equipment
Knowledge of anatomy and physiology
Excellent patient care
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Ability to prioritize tasks and take initiative
Knowledgeable of safety-related work behaviors
PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS and WORK ENVIRONMENT
The nature of the job requires standing and sitting for periods of time. While performing the essential functions of the job one may frequently bend/stoop, and occasionally squat, reach above shoulder, crouch, push/pull. Some lifting/carrying up to 35 lbs may be required. The use of hands for repetitive simple grasping, firm grasping is required. While performing the job, one may encounter close paperwork, use of computer monitor/equipment and visual monotony. Must utilize hearing for continuous conversations, equipment monitoring, telephone use and background noise. Frequent stress may occur. The job requires continuous independent decision-making.
May require working beyond normal business hours, evenings, weekends, holidays and on-call.