Identifies specific needs of the patient and anesthesia care provider in relation to anesthesia supplies needed prior, during and after surgical intervention under the direct supervision of the anesthesiologist. Assists the nurse in giving nursing care to patients undergoing surgical procedures. Assists surgeon during operating and invasive procedures. Ensures operating suite is adequately prepared for procedure. Monitors PAR level of surgical instruments and supplies. Acts as patient advocate while promoting teamwork with physicians and other personnel.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Maintains PAR levels of anesthesia supplies; orders supplies as needed; communicates supply issues to anesthesia personnel.
Reviews the OR schedule for special equipment needs.
Sets up OR for the anesthesiologist. Calibrates monitoring devices.
Assists the anesthesiologist with preparation of anesthesia equipment for every procedure. Helps with turnover of the OR.
Assists the anesthesiologist with the insertion of IVs and arterial lines. Maintains sterility at all times. Attaches arterial lines to transducers and calibrates monitors.
May set-up other equipment such as blood warmers, hypothermia blanket, etc.
Responsible for the cleaning and routine maintenance of anesthesia equipment.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Checks all resuscitative equipment prior to the beginning of the first surgery of the day. Reports malfunctioning or missing equipment to the OR Charge Nurse and Biomedical personnel immediately.
Checks all equipment and agents to be used in the administration of the anesthesia to assure safe working order. Reports all malfunctioning equipment to the OR Charge Nurse and Biomedical personnel immediately.
Applies aseptic techniques in daily work assignments. Performs general cleaning of department surface areas, racks, shelves, storage cabinets and all storage areas.
Responsible for surgical data entry in the OR Surgical Par Excellence System.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
Monitors sterility dates on supplies.
Provides patient with explanations and verbal reassurance, as necessary.
Prepares room in a timely manner with all anticipated instruments, sutures, supplies and equipment for each individual surgical procedure.
Assists in positioning, prepping, and draping of patients for surgical procedures.
Maintains safe environment for patient, co-workers and self, per hospital policies and procedures.
Protects patient's sensitivities and right to privacy; closely observes patent with minimal disturbance.
Performs services requiring technical or manual skills under the direction of Circulating RN.
Cleans and prepares rooms between procedures and after last case; restocks supplies, when necessary and organizes effectively for end-of-case clean up.
Follows written procedures for steam sterilization; knows responsibilities and the necessity for chemical and biological monitoring.
Consults with other staff members, when in question or unfamiliar with equipment or procedure.
Establishes and maintains effective communication and good working relationship with co-workers for patients benefit.
Makes decisions reflecting knowledge of assigned case and instruments and/or trays to be pulled for the procedure.
Attends annual review and department in-services, as scheduled.
Assists in picking surgical cases, assists core technician and putting away supplies.
Performs additional duties as requested.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting Joint Commission, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
High School graduate or equivalent.
Minimum of one (1) year of work experience in operating room as anesthesia tech or equivalent experience or advance degree.
Certified Anesthesia Technician preferred through the National Certification Examination in Anesthesia Technology administered by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees. Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.
Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”
Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘be...neficial’ and ‘confidence'. Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to our commitment: good care one can put faith in.
Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.
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