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OK, what skills do they learn -
Basic Job Description
The operating room specialist assists the nursing staff in preparing the patient and the operating room (OR) environment for surgery and for providing assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures. They also operate the centralized material service (CMS) and are responsible for preparing and maintaining sterile medical supplies and special equipment for medical treatment facilities. The operating room specialist also assists in the management of operating room suites.
Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:
Assists in preparing patients and operating room environments for surgery and provides assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures. Performs various preoperative and postoperative procedures as directed. Maintains the cleanliness of the operating room and sets up sterile fields for surgical procedures. Receives, cleans, decontaminates, sterilizes, stores and issues various medical supplies and equipment used during surgical procedures.
Provides technical guidance to subordinates. Performs operating room scrubs and provides scrub and circulator services as required. Sets up, positions, and operates specialized operating room equipment. Supervises and advises subordinate personnel.
The training consists of -
The 68D10, Operating Room Specialist Course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of principles of surgical technology practice, and the instruments, supplies, and equipment for surgical procedures. Phase 1 (9 weeks) didactic study includes: basic anatomy and physiology; vital signs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation; principles and methods of decontamination, sterilization and disinfection; storage and handling of sterile supplies; identification and care of surgical instruments, specialized equipment, sutures, needles, blades, linen, and corrosion-resistant metalware; duties of the scrub and circulating technician; principles and practices of sterile technique and standard precautions; transporting and positioning patients; operating room safety; handling of specimens, medications, dyes and hemostatic agents; and surgical specialties as they relate to selected surgical procedures. A field training exercise (FTX) is also incorporated into the course.
Phase 2 (10 weeks) is on-the-job training in the clinical environment.
Training locations -
Phase 1 - 9 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX
Phase 2 - 10 weeks at a major military hospital for residency training. Possible locations include: Fort Sam Houston TX, Fort Gordon GA, Fort Lewis WA, Honolulu HI, Walter Reed DC, Fort Bliss TX, Fort Hood TX, Fort Belvoir VA, Fort Jackson SC, Fort Leavenworth KS, Fort Bragg NC, Fort Campbell KY, Fort Carson CO, Fort Stewart GA
Concerning where the Soldier is sent to for Phase 2 - the decision is made by the Army based on open slots.
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