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Assist clinical staff in a variety of operative procedures. Obtain, assemble and arrange sterile instruments and supplies used for surgical procedures; pass appropriate instruments, sutures and supplies to surgeon during procedures; and maintain patient safety throughout perioperative care.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, prepare operating room for surgical procedures; obtain, assemble and arrange sterile instruments; and anticipate and pass instruments, sutures and supplies required during operative procedures.

Typical Work

Prepare operating room prior to procedures by selecting sterile instruments from autoclave and/or sterile containers, arranging appropriate instruments for specific procedures, and arranging required equipment;

Maintain aseptic technique;

Anticipate and pass instruments and supplies to surgeon during procedures;

Count and document supplies used during procedures;

Assist with equipment preparation;

Assist with draping patients;

Assist with gowning and gloving physicians;

Assist with clean up after procedures;

Assist with dressing application and patient transfer;

Participate in training and orienting students and staff;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Registered by the State of Washington as a Surgical Technologist, or licensed in the State of Washington as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse or Physician.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of a Surgical Technologist program


One year of experience assisting clinical staff in a variety of operative procedures in an operating room environment.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 6-19-75
Revise Class: 1-15-81
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revise Class: 11-12-93
Revise MQ: 5-9-2003
Revised new class code: (formerly 6430) effective July 1, 2007

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