A Surgical Assistant is a skilled medical professional specifically trained to assist in surgical procedures to help ensure the safety and the best possible outcome for the patient. Assistants offer hands-on assistance to the surgeon during the procedure, such as suturing, graft preparation, retraction, etc. Having an extra set of expert hands in the operating room means the patient is getting top-notch medical care while reducing the time they are under anesthesia. Our surgical assistants have years of operating room experience in the below fields:
Valleywide Surgical Services helps hospitals by having a highly-trained surgical assistant consistently available. The benefits of Vallleywide include:
These benefits ultimately lead to a reduced production cost and increased surgeon and patient satisfaction. Valleywide can reduce the administrative burden placed on your OR staff.
A. Demonstrate the ability to communicate the surgeon’s preferences and specific patient’s needs to surgical team including but not limited to suture needs, specialty supplies and instrumentation, and equipment.
B. Demonstrate the ability to apply advanced knowledge of normal and pathological surgical anatomy and physiology.
C. Demonstrates Aseptic Skills:
D. Acquires continuing education annually to maintain current competence and credential regarding specific skills and techniques including aseptic technique. Bases decisions on research-based evidence.
A. Demonstrates the ability to provide preoperative skills such as assessing patient information, history, preoperative tests (i.e. EKG, EEG, EMG, lab values, diagnostic imaging), safety measures, biopsy results, positioning and draping.
B. Specifics regarding positioning the patient:
a. Prevention of nerve damage
b. Proper rotation of extremities
c. Prevention of circulatory or respiratory compromise.
d. Prevention of patient sliding on bed due to tilting or Trendelenburg.
e. Proper handling and placement of lines.
C. Specifics regarding surgical skin prep:
D. Specifics regarding draping:
A. Demonstrates the ability to provide intraoperative skills such as visualization, trocar insertion, injection of local anesthetics, hemostasis, tissue handling, placement and securing of wound drains, and closure of body planes.
B. Utilizes the OR equipment pertinent to the surgical procedure. All actions shall facilitate the progress of the surgery, as well as anticipate the preference(s) of the surgeon. This shall include, but not be limited to:
C. The surgical assistant should be proficient in all pertinent abilities required during a procedure. These shall follow any necessary and appropriate methods applicable to the procedure, as well as surgeon preference. These shall include, but not be limited to;
D. The surgical assistant should be capable of working independently, or codependently with the surgeon, to finalize the surgery, according to the surgeon preference. These actions shall include, but are not limited to:
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