Assist with the nursing care of the patient in the immediate post anesthesia and/or post operative stage. The Post Anesthesia Care Unit Technician is responsible for order entry and for effective communication control, patient throughput, patient safety and infection control. Takes direction from Perianesthesia Manager, Assistant Manager and the Director of Surgical Services.
Provides Safe and Appropriate Care - Collaborates/Consults with other members of the health care team as needed to provide care. Adheres to medical center policies and procedures during care delivery. Participates in clarifying and communicating medical information to patients, family and staff. Provides emotional and psychological support to patients and families. Unit Specific: Maintains bays/computer carts in preparation for the patient on a daily basis. Restocks the bays/carts to specified levels daily. Completes disinfection of equipment in bay between patients. Completes assigned tasks according to shift and PACU guidelines. Transports with the appropriate equipment. Uses proper body mechanics when lifting/transporting patients. Follows Standard Precautions at all times.
Documentation - Unit Specific: Performs the administrative aspect of the admission and dismissal process. Knowledgeable of Teletracking, Horizon Expert Order entry, PACS and other computer systems on a daily basis. Maintains accurate and complete data entry in the PACU log book and in McKesson when transporting patients to floor/SDS. Ensure charges are completed accurately immediately upon discharge from PACU.
Acknowledges the Physician’s Plan of Care and Collaborates with Registered Nurse in the Delivery of Care - Unit Specific: Participates in the plan of care as directed by the RN. Observes and recognizes changes in the patient's condition and/or behavior and alerts the Clinical Nurse.
Organization/Prioritization - Manages and prioritizes completion of job responsibilities within specific time frame and or assigned shift Unit Specific: Assists in the admission and discharge of the patient. Demonstrates good organizational skills.
Demonstrates Knowledge of Age Specific Factors Necessary to Perform Safe and Effective Duties - Evaluates age specific/appropriate motor skills and psychological development. Communication techniques used are appropriate for age. Assess safety needs based on age. Uses equipment appropriately based on age and size of patient. Unit Specific: Complete monthly "Growing Up with Us" and "Grown Up" newsletters/quizzes.
Professional Development - Unit Specific: Ensures continuity among other PACU technicians. Completes tasks with little or no direction. Completes PACU competencies yearly.