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Working As A Surgical First Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • $62,246

    Average Salary

What Does A Surgical First Assistant Do At Capital Allied Solutions

* Possess a working knowledge of operating room procedures with respect to attire, infection control, sterile technique, maintaining integrity of the sterile field and draping the surgical patient within the surgeon s guidelines.
* Assist in moving and positioning patients with regard to planned procedure and with a knowledge of possible injury to patient.
* Provide retraction of tissue for optimal visualization with regard to tissue type and appropriate retraction instrumentation and/or technique.
* Assist in maintaining hemostasis by direct pressure, using and applying of appropriate surgical instruments for the task, placement of ties, placement of ligatures, using the cautery, or other measures directed by the surgeon.
* Clamping, ligation and cutting of tissue per surgeon s directive.
* Closing of all wound layers (fascia, subcutaneous and skin) as per surgeon s directive.
* Be familiar with different sutures and suturing techniques to provide desired outcome.
* Selecting and applying wound dressing, splints (soft or rigid), or other applicable medical equipment as directed by the surgeon.
* Perform any other duties or procedures incident to the surgical procedure as deemed necessary and directed by the surgeon

What Does A Surgical First Assistant Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
* Adheres to and exhibits our core values:
* Reverence** : Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.
* Integrity** : Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.
* Compassion** : Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.
* Excellence** : Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.
* Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.
* Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.
* Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.
* Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community.
* Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers._
* Job
* Clinical Support
* Primary Location
* KENTUCKY-LONDON-SAINT JOSEPH LONDON
* Daily Schedule
* Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period
*

What Does A Surgical First Assistant Do At Ascension

* Positions patient to give best exposure for surgical procedure, using stabilizing equipment when necessary, while maximizing patient comfort and safety.
* Provides visualization of the operative site using appropriate method, including manipulation of tissue and materials, retraction, sponging, suctioning and irrigation.
* Utilizes appropriate technique to achieve temporary and permanent hemostasis.
* Assists with body plane closure, application of wound dressings and securing of drainage systems.
* Contribute to Mission effectiveness by promoting the spirit embodied with the Mission Statement: A.
* Service to the poor
* Support the cause of those who lack resources for a reasonable quality of life
* B. Reverence
* Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life
* C. Integrity
* Inspiring trust through personal leadership
* D. Wisdom
* Integrating excellence and stewardship
* E. Creativity
* Courageous Innovation
* F. Dedication
* Affirming hope and joy in our ministry.
* May perform sponge, sharps, and instrument count according to hospital policy and procedure.
* Participates as a surgical team member in the preparation of the surgical suite according to surgeon's preference cards with appropriate instruments, resources and supplies.
* Works collaboratively with other surgical team members to maintain/update physician preference cards.
* Works collaboratively with team members to support cost containment processes and initiatives.
* All other duties as assigned

What Does A Surgical First Assistant Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Performs responsibilities of OR Tech II in addition to the added responsibilities of Surgical First Assistant as described below.
* The Surgical First Assistant performs clinical skills under the direct supervision of the surgeon and practices in collaboration with the circulating RN and other health care team members.
* The Surgical First Assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient.
* The Surgical First Assistant is educated in the use of surgical instruments on tissues verses the handling of instruments; the First Assist does not concurrently function as the scrub nurse.
* Essential Job Functions:
* Functions as an assistant in the OR at the direction of the attending surgeon and practices within limitations of preparation and experience while maintaining a safe environment.
* Possesses an advanced working knowledge of operating room fundamentals, to include aseptic principles and techniques in hemostasis, closure of body planes, and visualization of the operative site.
* Applies working knowledge of anatomy and physiology to provide visualization of the operative site using standard protocol to include appropriate packing with sponges, digital manipulation of tissue, suctioning, irrigating, or sponging, manipulation of suture materials (e.g. loops, rags, suturing), and uses proper body mechanics to prevent obstruction of the surgeon's view.
* Assists with permanent or temporary hemostasis and/or during vein harvesting utilizing appropriate techniques as indicated by the surgeon and applying surgical instruments (e.g., non crushing clams, etc.).
* Permanent hemostasis techniques include clamping and/or cauterizing vessels and tissue, tying and/or ligating clamped vessels or tissue, applying hemostatic clips, or placing hemostatic agents.
* Temporary hemostasis techniques include applying vessel loops, applying non-crushing clamps, or applying direct digital pressure.
* Assists with closure of body plane by utilizing appropriate techniques with the method indicated by the surgeon (e.g. sutures, staples, and/or spray occlusive material) utilizing running or interrupted subcutaneous sutures with absorbable or non-absorbable material, or subcuticular closure technique with or without skin closure strips.
* Assists in consistently maintaining the patient's expected physiologic responses to surgery including infection prevention (SCIP measures and practices, wound management, maintaining effective disinfection practices, instrument processing, and sterilization).
* Applies a working knowledge of patient pre-operative deficits, risk for intraoperative injuries, and possible post-operative outcomes to assist in optimal patient outcomes

What Does A Surgical First Assistant Do At West Suburban Medical Center

* Safely and competently administers pharmaco-therapeutics, adhering to medication policies, procedures, practices and standards, and monitors the resultant outcomes based upon the patient’s response to treatment.
* Demonstrates skill in the use of equipment, including its capabilities, limitations and appropriate/special applications.
* Performs procedure in the first assistant role under the direct supervision of the surgeon.
* Assists the surgeon during specific procedures.
* Performs other functions during surgery as directed.
* Assists with closure of fascial, subcutaneous and skin.
* May perform these actions independently, as directed by the surgeon, and assists the surgeon with all other suturing and closures.
* Assists with the positioning, prepping and draping of the patient.
* May perform these actions independently, if directed by the surgeon
* Maintains manually controlled retractors in the position set by the surgeon.
* Anticipates retraction needs with knowledge of surgeon’s preferences and anatomical structures.
* Packs sponges, or lap tapes in the body cavities to hold tissue or organs out of the operative field.
* Applies electrocautery tip to clamps or vessels in a safe and knowledgeable manner, as directed by the surgeon.
* Sponges and utilizes suctioning techniques to remove fluid from the operative site.
* Utilizes surgical instruments to clamp bleeding vessels, as directed by the surgeon.
* Places ligation clips or other occluding devices to blood vessels or tissue.
* Maintains knowledge of basic knot tying techniques to include two-handed tie, one-handed tie and instrument tie.
* Performs closure of layers by correctly approximating the layers, which provided access to the operative site, and approximating the skin edges when utilizing skin staples and sutures.
* Performs intra-operative tissue manipulation by using surgical instruments and suture material; exposing and retracting tissue; clamping and severing tissue; grasping and fixating tissue with screws, staples, and other devices; drilling, reaming and modifying tissue.
* Assists the surgeon at the completion of the procedure by affixing and stabilizing all drains; cleaning the wound and applying dressings; assisting with the application of casts, splints, special dressings, and abduction devices.
* Removes sutures and/or skin staples/clips during intra-operative phase, at surgeon’s request.
* Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities.
* Assumes responsibility for own learning and clinical competence.
* Performs other duties as assigned
* Qualifications

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Surgical First Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

56.0%

Male

40.5%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.7%

Urdu

9.1%

Russian

9.1%

Carrier

9.1%
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Surgical First Assistant Education

Schools

Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting

27.9%

Madisonville Community College

11.6%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

South University

4.7%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.7%

Vincennes University

3.5%

College of Southern Nevada

3.5%

Delgado Community College

3.5%

Eastern Virginia Medical School

3.5%

West Virginia University

3.5%

University of Washington

3.5%

Marietta College

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Grand Canyon University

3.5%

University of Florida

2.3%

Northeastern State University

2.3%

San Jacinto College District

2.3%

University of South Florida

2.3%

Miami Dade College

2.3%

Augusta Technical College

2.3%
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Majors

Medical Technician

28.8%

Nursing

19.1%

Physician Assistant

13.3%

Business

6.5%

Biology

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Medicine

3.6%

General Studies

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Management

1.4%

Psychology

1.4%

Nursing Assistants

1.4%

Clinical Psychology

1.4%

Veterinary Science

1.1%

Public Health

1.1%

Health Sciences And Services

1.1%

Medical Assisting Services

1.1%

Medical Clinical Sciences

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

28.3%

Masters

19.7%

Bachelors

18.5%

Associate

14.8%

Certificate

11.4%

Doctorate

4.3%

Diploma

3.1%
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Real Surgical First Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
First Surgical Assistant American Surgical Assistants, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $86,800
S.A. First Surgical Assistant Health & Beauty Cosmetic Surgery Corp West Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2011 $62,610
S.A. First Surgical Assistant Health & Beauty Cosmetic Surgery, Corp. West Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2011 $62,610
S.A. First Surgical Assistant Health & Beauty Cosmetic Surgery Corp West Palm Beach, FL Oct 01, 2010 $56,558
S.A. First Surgical Assistant Health & Beauty Cosmetic Surgery Corp West Palm Beach, FL Dec 01, 2009 $43,827

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Top Skills for A Surgical First Assistant

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  1. Plastic Surgery
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Wound Care
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  • Scrubbed and assisted Urology and Plastic surgery.
  • Fill out surgical orders for elective surgical procedures and routine hospital admission orders.
  • Perform therapeutic procedures, such as wound care, suture removal, and drain removal under physician observation.
  • Tested equipment for proper use for neurological procedures.
  • Assess, diagnose, and treat patients with acute and chronic spine injury and disease in the inpatient and outpatient settings.

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