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PERIOPERATIVE ASSISTANT

Eskenazi Health Indianapolis, United States Full-Time
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Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  1701 

Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Days 

Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 315-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.



JOB SUMMARY:

The Perioperative Assistant (POA) provides a variety of services to surgical patients and their families. This position functions as a part of the patient care team and is supervised by the Charge Nurse and Clinic Manager. The Perioperative Assistant assists in patient care activities such as: Operating Room preparation, interim cleaning, maintaining surgical equipment, patient transport and clinical errands, maintenance of supplies, and positioning patients and surgical site preparation under the direction of nursing staff. This position responds to the needs of the surgical team promptly and efficiently.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Proactively contributes to Eskenazi Health’s mission: Advocate, Care, Teach and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County; models the values of Professionalism, Respect, Innovation, Development and Excellence
  • Provides for various patient needs in support of the patient care team: transports patients; assists or provides for patient hygiene needs; performs bed linen changes; dons sterile gloves utilizing aseptic technique; reinforces patient mental orientation to person, place and time; recognizes distress and/or changes in patient condition; responds and reports to RN promptly and appropriately
  • Completes appropriate area specific documentation in EPIC to include: verifying correct patient, informed consent, NPO status, use of pain scale, skin care assessment and preoperative checklist
  • Transports patients in a safe, efficient manner using wheelchairs, carts and stretchers; uses proper body mechanics to lift patients onto the equipment; maintains IV and other tubes during transport; transports specimens and blood products as needed
  • Assists in maintaining a constant state of regulatory readiness and in maintaining an organized and clean environment; reports needed equipment repairs; replenishes supplies in areas as needed; sets up and maintains suction canisters and orthopedic setup; performs a variety of clerical duties
  • Performs environmental cleaning services such as dusting, mopping, trash/linen removal and surface cleaning; meets environmental cleaning standards, policies, and procedures for the Operating Rooms (OR), control desk, break room, restricted and semi-restricted corridors including scrub sinks, equipment rooms and specimen room on a daily basis or as needed  
  • Ensures transport carts/eye beds/cribs are clean and available outside of the ORs with clean linen and full oxygen tanks; observes applicable safety precautions while handling compressed gas cylinders to avoid personal injury and harm to others
  • Assists with positioning patients and surgical preps under the direction of nursing staff
  • Reviews preference cards prior to surgical case to ensure supplies, instruments and equipment are available for procedure; retrieves/returns equipment, instruments, and/or supplies for surgical cases as requested in preference cards and/or by surgical personnel
  • Assists surgical personnel in preparing for procedures, including, but not limited to: opening supplies, setting up equipment, etc.
  • Assists the circulating RN in meeting the patients’ individual needs
  • Maintains par levels of sterile water/saline and linens daily, ensuring fluids in warmers are not expired and are rotated when stocked
  • Maintains par levels of scrub foam/brushes, surgical hand scrubs, Sterillium, paper towels and  personal protective equipment (PPE) at all entrances daily
  • Maintains par levels of supplies, including but not limited to: cleaning supplies, specimen containers, Formalin, linens and turnover packs
  • Responds to the needs of the surgical team promptly and efficiently

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
  • Previous patient care experience preferred
 

Recommended skills

Orthopedic Surgery
Operating Theater
Basic Life Support
Mopping
Perioperative
Surgical Instruments
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