The Urology Health Technician will assist and support the members of the Urology Section of the VANHCS in their work in both outpatient and inpatient settings. As an integral member of the Urology team, consisting of urologic surgeons, urology residents, physician assistant, medical students, supporting urology health technician and section secretary. The incumbent is responsible for the coordination of all elements necessary for the successful completion of scheduled urologic procedures. Selection and preparation of urologic equipment required for planned procedures on a daily basis with maintenance of procedure room. This involves familiarity with daily schedule, assuring proper instruments are all available and functional. Selects, assembles, and organizes required supplies, equipment and instruments for specific urological procedures in accordance with operative worksheet, and surgeon's preference. Assists the Urology team by obtaining sterile supplies, equipment, positioning devices, instrumentation, sutures, dressings, linens, etc., for specific procedures. Maintains sterile setting with back-up equipment and unanticipated supplies available if necessary. Obtains supplies necessary for proper handling of specimens, local anesthetics, specialty catheters and supplies for urodynamics. Troubleshoots any equipment malfunction when they occur. Contacts outside vendors if special equipment is needed. After completion of procedures, equipment and instruments are disassembled, pre-cleaned, placed in proper containers and transported to DPS for sterile processing. Processes room in preparation for new patient. Contacts housekeeping to clean room in timely fashion between cases to maintain patient flow etc. Keeps apprised of newly available, improved urologic supplies and development in urologic equipment and determines when such items should be brought to the attention of the Urology Section Chief and staff. Recommends when equipment should be considered for replacement and takes stock level inventory to restock/replenish and maintain level of supplies and equipment necessary to carry out daily surgical operations and any contingencies. (Critical function) Supervising and training: determines assignment of tasks and sets priorities for the supporting urology health technician on a daily basis. Monitors completion of these tasks and meeting of deadlines . Directs DPS staff (as related to urologic equipment) on an ongoing basis on priority of processing equipment and maintenance for optimal equipment functioning. Receives referrals from OR staff on essential urologic equipment needs for complex urologic surgical cases. Provides daily guidance to OR staff and DPS when urologic equipment and instruments are missing, malfunctioning, or otherwise inadequate. Helps to train new physicians starting their urology training, as well as medical students, demonstrating instruments, appliances, routine set ups, and explaining procedures in the cystoscopy room. Assisting in the procedures performed by the Urology team on a daily basis. This includes cases in the OR and procedures under local anesthesia for both inpatients and outpatients. Performs sterile prepping and draping, catheter insertion/removal, first assisting on an as needed basis as a team member with a urologist. Serves as assistant in cystoscopies and urodynamic procedures in special populations; is familiar with handing of complicated SCI patients, patients under contact precautions, i.e., MRSA and multi-drug resistant organisms. The incumbent collects, labels and transports biopsy and cytology specimens, urine cultures, etc., to the proper destination after conclusion of the procedure. Coordinating patient interactions on a daily basis. Schedules patients for examinations, maintains logs of patients and procedures of both the outpatient clinic as well as the operating room, prepares files on patients and coordinates filing with Medical Records. Gathers and maintains data for performance measures. Prepares monthly report of procedures performed for presentation at Urology Quality Assurance and Peer Review. Receives patients immediately prior to procedures, explains methods of procedures and positions patients (as appropriately gender sensitive), and assists in "Time Outs" Equipment and disposable supply management and requisitioning of supplies. This is solely the responsibility of the Lead Urology Health Technician. On a weekly or more frequent basis, stock of all urologic supplies are assessed and reordered as necessary. . Providing assistance in Urology Clinics. Assists as a team member in the performance of catheterizations of the urethra, bladder irrigations, and suprapubic catheter changes Teaches patients who have had surgery, have neurogenic bladders or are in urinary retention the use of different kinds of catheters appliances and voiding techniques to assist the patient at home. Teaches male patients how to perform self-clean intermittent catheterization. Performs other related duties as assigned. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 7am-3:30pm Position Description/PD#: Health Technician (Urology)/PD08071O Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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