LCMC Health Surgical Technician in New Orleans, Louisiana

LCMC Health is a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit healthcare system serving the needs of the people of Louisiana, the Gulf South and beyond. LCMC Health currently manages award-winning hospitals including Children's Hospital of New Orleans, Touro Infirmary, New Orleans East Hospital, University Medical Center and West Jefferson Medical Center.

For 165 years, Touro has been in the vanguard of medical excellence. As one of New Orleans most enduring monuments, Touro Infirmary stands for stability. Tens of thousands of babies have been born here, and we've treated more than a million people. Our modern facilities utilize the latest technology. Touro offers a full range of services including emergency services, preventive diagnostics, surgical care, women’s services, cardiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation, imaging, orthopedics, stroke care and more. In its history, Touro Infirmary has cared for generations of New Orleanians. Our patients and the community can count on our ongoing commitment the health and wellbeing for generations to come.

Job Summary: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being preformed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. LCMC/Touro Infirmary reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.

POSITION SUMMARY: The purpose of the job is to establish and maintain a sterile field and safe environment throughout the surgical procedure, to assess instrumentation and equipment needs, and to anticipate and provide instrumentation and equipment needs for the surgeon’s use in a timely manner to enhance patient outcomes.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS: Experience: Required: 2 years Surgical Tech

Education: Required: Successful completion of a technical or vocational school surgical technician program.
Preferred: Associate Degree Surgical Technician

Licensure: Required: Basic Life Support/CPR Preferred: Certified Surgical Tech

POSITION DUTIES: Demonstrates knowledge and practice of basic patient care concepts

  • Performs and/or provides scrub assistance during procedures which reflect awareness of anatomy, necessary principles, skills, supplies and adequate knowledge base.

  • Assists the circulating nurse in implementing the perioperative plan of care to include: patient positioning, confirmation/preparation of operative site, updating physician preference card, care of operative specimens and room turnover.

Demonstrates the application of the principles of asepsis.

  • Adheres to unit specific standards, policies and procedures for aseptic technique.

  • Selects proper sterilization method of instruments/equipment: sterilizes prior to procedures, as necessary and verifies instruments as sterile.

  • Takes corrective action when any unsafe practice, conditions or breaks in aseptic technique occur and reports information to the circulating nurse.

Demonstrates basic surgical case preparation skills.

  • Assists with pulling cases and checks case cart for completeness, obtains supplies and equipment and determines them to be in good working order before a case begins.

  • Prepares the operating room by opening sterile supplies, instruments, and sutures based on scheduled procedure and surgeon preference card.

  • Follows policies for scrubbing, gowning, gloving, setting up back table, draping and counting with the circulating nurse

Demonstrates the ability to perform the role of first scrub on all basic surgical cases.

  • Anticipates the needs of the surgeon, which includes passing instruments, sutures and other items appropriate to the procedure.

  • Establishes and maintains and organized sterile field.

  • Assists the surgeon by retracting tissue, holding instrumentation to provide exposure and cutting suture under the direct supervision of the surgeon.

Supply Room Access

  • Enters supply room(s) on nursing units as needed to perform necessary job functions.

  • Refrains from manipulating or removing any intravenous fluids that are stored in the area.

The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and should not be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent to the position.

Touro Infirmary is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.