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University of Utah Health Surgical Technician in Salt Lake City, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position requires the certified Surgical Technician to assist the surgical team by acting as the primary scrub technician who handles the instruments, supplies and equipment during surgical procedures. Incumbents maintain constant vigilance for the maintenance of the sterile field and are continually learning new techniques to better assist in specialty surgical services. The technician assists with maintaining equipment and instruments as well as with supply inventory. Based on location, mandatory call, holiday and weekend shifts may be required for all employees. This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to state law.

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.


  • Checks supplies/instrumentation and equipment needed for surgical procedures and ensures they are working properly.

  • Opens sterile supplies and sets up the table for each surgical procedure.

  • Provides a sterile field for surgical procedures. Ensures that the members of the surgical team are properly attired and assists the surgeon with draping the patient to isolate the operative site.

  • Assists in the maintenance of the sterile field by applying principles of aseptic techniques and informing the surgeon/surgical team of infractions.

  • Anticipates and passes instruments and supplies to the surgeon.

  • Follows the perioperative count policy which includes counting sharps, instruments, sponges, etc. in collaboration with the circulating nurse.

  • Knows what counted items are used at the sterile field.

  • Cleans, wraps and prepares the instruments for sterilization.

  • Assists in the maintenance of specialty surgical services.

  • Prepares the sterile dressing for the patient's incision.

  • Orients medical/nursing students and technicians to the unit.

  • Assists in the development of unit goals/objectives, quality improvement and cost containment measures.

  • Arranges for borrowing/lending of equipment as directed.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology, physiology and anatomy.

  • Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.

  • This position has the authority to identify to operating room staff when there is a break in the sterile field and to take appropriate corrective measures. This requires good interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy.

  • Representative challenges for the incumbent include maintaining a fast/rapid pace as well as working for multiple surgeons and anticipating their individual needs and preferences.

  • Ability to ensure the proper care, maintenance and coordination of surgical instruments and supplies.

  • The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

  • The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.


Qualifications Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

  • Successful completion of an accredited O.R. Technician program, military training as a scrub tech, or two years of hands-on experience as a surgical technician.


  • Certification by the Surgical Technologist Association and two years of experience.


  • Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department._

Qualifications (Preferred)

This position is to fill the Core Technician opening. Responsibilities include managing the daily schedule and needs as it applies to instruments and supplies, attend daily scheduling huddle, obtain and complete borrowing/lending, build case carts, work with CNC’s to achieve optimal DPC’s, and provide supply ordering back up to materials facilitator. This position is M-F, no weekends or holidays.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds any may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects. The incumbent may face exposure to potentially dangerous contaminated body fluids, new and used needles, razor blades, knives, bone shavings, pieces of glass, and other contaminants as part of the daily hazards of the job and must wear protective attire at all times. The position also requires standing or walking for long periods of time.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Lifting, Manual Dexterity, Pulling and/or Pushing, Sitting, Standing, Walking

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EEO Statement

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Requisition Number 42744

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule M-F 8hrs

Location Name Acute Care Complex (ACC)

Patient Care? Yes

City Salt Lake City

State UT

Department UUH ANC 22C ACC Operating Room

Category Surgical Services

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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