Jun 22, 2021

Surgical Tech - Cardiovascular

  • Children's National Hospital
  • District of Columbia, USA

Job Description

Surgical Tech - Cardiovascular - (2100008U)


As a member of the Operating Room team, the Cardiac Surgical Technologist will function in the scrub role and will monitor and maintain aseptic technique, equipment, supplies and instruments. H/She will be responsible to receive, wash, inspect, prepare, sterilize and store instruments, trays, equipment and supplies according to policy and procedures. In addition, the candidate is expected to rotate and function in other area services when there are no cardiac procedures.

Cardiac Surgery Programs

  • Congenital Heart Defect Surgery: We offer the full spectrum of congenital heart surgeries, including the most complex procedures. Our focus is on early primary repair and many of our surgeries are performed on children during the first few days of life.
  • Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program: Our experienced team provides a full spectrum of therapies for children with heart failure. When transplantation is indicated, we collaborate with nearby MedStar Washington Hospital Center to provide heart transplantation for children.
  • Ventricular Assist Devices Program: We offer the next generation of ventricular assist devices, a pump that keeps blood pumping through the left or right heart ventricles, to stabilize children awaiting heart transplant. While VADs are routinely used in adults, they have only recently been used for children. We are one of a few elite programs using this life-saving technology for children, including the Berlin Heart®, the only VAD available for babies and small children.
  • Pre-Operative Care Clinic: The Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.


Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Surgical Tech Training Program

Minimum Work Experience
2 years in Cardiac Procedural Area

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Experience as Cardio-Vascular technician in Operating Room with specialty in adult or pediatric open heart procedures (Required)
Experience in Sterile Processing (Preferred)

Functional Accountabilities

Clinical/Surgical Case Preparedness Competency
1. Prepare the Operating Room for cardio-vascular surgical procedures; open supplies and equipment on the sterile field based on the surgical procedures and child’s age.
2. 2Identify , select, and handle the appropriate types of accessory and specialty equipment needed for cardio-vascular surgical procedure; apply the appropriate method of care and handling of surgical instruments;
3. Select and apply appropriate draping material for surgical procedures according to type of procedure and age of child.
4. Identify and prepare the customized cardiac sterile packs and trays based on the type of cardiac procedure
5. Select appropriate surgical sutures specific to cardiac procedures and patient’s age.

Aseptic Technique
1. Apply the correct technique of disinfection and follow manufacturer protocol.
2. Utilize the appropriate sterilizer for sterilization purposes (i.e. flash sterilizer vs. washer sterilizer).
3. Maintain highest standards of sterile technique during operative procedure.
4. Maintain surveillance of sterilization; maintain and monitor the daily records and indicators; follow recall and procedures.

Scrub Role Competency
1. Follow principle of correct hand scrub; gown and glove self and other intraoperative members.
2. Pass correct and appropriate instrumentation, supplies and sutures, and implants as needed by the surgical team without being promoted; prepare irrigation and medication solutions as needed by the surgical team.
3. Follow established policy and procedure for all counts; initiate corrective action when counts are incorrect.
4. Anticipate emergency or unusual circumstances (ie: trauma).
5. Anticipate the needs of the surgical team.

1. Organize supplies in the sterile field.
2. Count instruments, sponges, needles and other items as indicated by unit/hospital policy.
3. Properly store and rotate sterile supplies in the O.R. and sterile processing to maintain integrity of supplies.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Primary Location

: District of Columbia-WASHINGTON

Work Locations

Sheikh Zayed Campus
111 Michigan Avenue
Washington 20010


: Allied Health


: Surgery COE
Regular / Temporary: R (Regular)
Position Status: FT - Full-Time
Shift: Day
Work Schedule: 7-3:30pm

Job Posting

: Jun 22, 2021, 9:22:35 AM