PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
At the University of Connecticut Health Center this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in the maintenance and supply of operating room/anesthesia equipment and for assisting the anesthesia staff in the care of surgical patients
Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Sets up and keeps operating room equipment and carts stocked to appropriate levels; rotates sterile items which may be in storage; maintains a clean and orderly work area including all operating room/anesthetizing locations; decontaminates equipment and replenishes carts to prepare rooms after surgery; insures all equipment is kept clean; prepares equipment for decontamination and/or sterilization as needed; insures sterile items are not outdated; tests anesthesia equipment to determine proper functioning; assists operating room personnel in setting up equipment; distributes drugs to various locations; assists anesthesia/operating room staff by transporting blood samples and/or other specimens to appropriate laboratories; retrieves needed items while operative procedures are in progress; locates and retrieves equipment from other areas of hospital; prepares broken equipment for repair by clinical engineering; performs other duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of basic hospital practices (i.e. aseptic techniques, lifting techniques and medical terminology); interpersonal skills; computer skills; ability to keep records and prepare reports; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to learn operating room and anesthesia practices, sterilization, drugs and medical gases; ability to work in a stressful environment; manual dexterity and mechanical aptitude.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of experience working in a hospital or nursing home setting.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
Completion of a formalized training for Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant may be substituted for six (6) months of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to a moderate degree of environmental discomfort from exposure to operating room odors and human specimens and may be exposed to a moderate degree of physical discomfort from walking, standing, bending, lifting and moving equipment.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
This replaces the existing title of and specification for the class of Anesthesia Technician in Salary Group HH 14 approved effective June 23, 1995. (Revised to modify content and retitle)
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