UT Health Part-Time Certified Surgical First Assistant in Texas

Part-Time Certified Surgical First Assistant


Clinical Professionals

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 180000PD

Position Summary:

Assists the surgeon in exposure, hemostasis, closure, and other intraoperative technical functions. Performs preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate proper patient care. Performs these functions under the direction and supervision of the surgeon, and in accordance with hospital policy and applicable laws and regulations.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Gathers, checks, and opens supplies and equipment needed for the surgical procedure. Performs the surgical scrub, and donning gown and gloves. Sets up the sterile back table and Mayo stand with instruments, supplies, equipment, and medications/solutions needed for the procedure.

  2. Performs initial instrument, sharps and sponge counts with the circulator. Assists the team members with gowning and gloving. Assists with draping the patient and establishing the sterile field. Participates in the surgical site and patient verification during the time out procedure.

  3. Secures tubing, cords and other sterile accessories.

  4. Prepares and anticipates additional instrumentation, equipment and supplies for usage during the procedure. Anticipates the needs of the surgeon by passing instruments and supplies to surgeon during procedure. Measures and passes medications, hemostatic agents and irrigation solutions utilized during the surgical procedure.

  5. Holds retractors or instruments as directed by the surgeon. Sponges or suctions the operative site. Sponges or suctions the operative site. Cuts suture material as directed by the surgeon. Coordinates the camera or changes out robotic arms/instruments during endoscopic surgery as directed by the surgeon.

  6. Maintains highest standard of sterile technique during the procedure. Prepares sterile dressings and/or immobilization devices. Prepares and passes off specimen(s) as appropriate. Cleans and prepares instruments for terminal sterilization.

  7. Assists in prepping the OR for the next patient.

  8. Review the patient’s chart, identifies patient, and, using consent forms, verifies the surgery to be performed, and brings the patient to the assigned operating room. Assists with transferring patient to the operating room table. Monitors the comfort of the patient and provides verbal and tactile reassurance to the patient.

  9. Assists in maintaining normothermia. Assists the anesthesia provider. Assists with positioning the patient, using appropriate equipment and anatomical principles to avoid patient injury. Assists with applying tourniquets and monitors before the procedure begins. Completes the patient skin prep prior to draping by the sterile surgical team.

  10. Performs instrument, sharps, and sponge counts with the surgical technologist in the first scrub role prior to the operation and before the incision is closed. Anticipates additional supplies needed during the procedure. Keeps accurate records throughout the procedure.

  11. Secures dressings after incision closure. Helps transport the patient to the post-anesthesia care unit. Performs urinary catheterization. Updates and keeps accurate records of the surgeon’s preferences.

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA) certification

Current BLS certification required

ACLS Certification required (must be obtained by the end of the month after 90 days of hire)

Demonstrates good judgement in performing duties and conflict resolution. Skilled in suturing and saphenous vein harvesting. Basic analytical skills. Computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of patient information. Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process.

Minimum Education:

Associate’s degree or completion of an accredited CSFA certificate program.

Minimum Experience:

Two years of experience as a CSFA or in a surgical/surgery environment.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds frequently and/or up to 20 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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