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Surgical Navigation Technician

Baptist Health Care

This is a Contract position in Boulder, CO posted May 10, 2022.

Overview: The Surgical Navigation Technician (SNT) is a specialist in Image-Guided Surgery (IGS), the use of real-time correlation of the operative field to a preoperative imaging data set that reflects the precise location of selected surgical instruments to the surrounding anatomic structures.

The SNT is responsible for assisting the surgical team with preoperative imaging preparation, ensuring appropriate instrumentation, maintaining a sterile work environment, and anticipating surgeons’ intraoperative needs.

This person fulfilling this role must demonstrate effective troubleshooting and problem-solving methodology in a stressful and high-pressure environment.

He/she consults with physicians and staff on clinical issues, such as imaging requirements, surgical approach, acquisition of necessary instruments and equipment, and the evaluation of new technologies.

He/she takes an active role, anticipating surgeons’ intraoperative needs with surgical planning, trajectory and spatial orientation, patient positioning, and equipment staging.

He/she is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all image-guidance workstations and associated instrumentation.

The SNT performs technical skills and provides assistance to the surgeons, registered nurses, and other professionals in the operating room.

This position performs similar duties in other areas of the hospital as assigned.

He/she effectively interacts with patients and health care team members, while maintaining the surgical department standards; participates in surgical procedures on patients of all age groups, pediatric through geriatrics.

The person in this position works under general supervision, is responsible for various shifts, may be subject to over 40 hours per week and/or callback as required, and may also be required to remain on campus immediately before, during, and after severe weather and/or disasters.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science or other bachelor’s degree in work-related disciplineTwo years of related work experience is requiredBasic Life Support Certification (BLS) through American Heart AssociationPossesses a strong character and unyielding sense of integrity with “a surgical conscious”.

Exceptional attention to detail and follow through very importantPossesses ability to move quickly without sacrificing quality and accuracyGood memory, able to anticipate surgeon and patient needs well in advanceKnowledge of surgical imaging technologies, preoperative imaging preparation, probabilistic modeling, and experience with various techniques to register patient anatomy, including identification of fiducials, anatomical landmarks, and surface and intraoperative registration techniques.

Must be able to return to the hospital/facility within 30 minutes of a Callback.