In accordance with established LifeLink Foundation, OPO, and Tissue Bank as well as any applicable State, Federal and other regulating agency laws, regulations and requirements, the primary responsibility of this position is to assist the Vascular Transplant Coordinator with assigned clinical and non-clinical organ/tissue recovery procedures (back-up in OR) and responsibilities of Primary Tissue Coordinator. This on-call position participates in a call rotation schedule and is available as a resource for Hospital Development and Public Education programs as directed by the Manager of Recovery Services and the Executive Director.
Clinical Duties and Responsibilities:
Back-up for Primary Vascular Coordinator
1. Obtain appropriate chart copies for LifeLink and Extra-renal teams two hours prior to surgery;
2. Brief surgical staff;
3. Bring LifeLink supplies;
4. Assist with donor transportation.
5. Must be able to understand and complete all sheets that comprise the LifeLink Deceased Donor Information Form.
A. Circulating Duties
1. Ensure that anesthesia personnel have appropriate supplies and paperwork necessary. (Vascular staff should brief anesthesia.)
2. Ensure visiting teams have appropriate paperwork and specimens required.
3. Ensure that circulating nurse has the names of all recovery personnel.
4. Assist circulating nurse with general duties.
5. Gather specific sterile supplies for each organ to be recovered.
6. Use proper technique when opening sterile supplies.
7. Obtain appropriate blood specimens needed for organ/tissue recovery.
8. Prepare appropriate amount of solution and sterile ice for preservation and packaging of abdominal organs to be recovered.
9. Setup and run aortic and portal preservation.
10. Setup and run cardiac and pulmonary preservation.
11. Arrange appropriate transportation for recovery teams.
12. Perform the above duties on local donors, as well as import recoveries.
B. Scrubbing Duties
1. Use proper sterile technique for scrubbing, gowning and gloving;
2. Setup back table;
3. Split kidney bloc according to protocol;
4. Package kidneys according to protocol;
5. Procure heart valves and package according to protocol;
III. Post-Op Duties
A. Assist OR staff with donor’s post-mortem care and room clean-up.
B. Complete intra-operative donor information sheets.
C. Package organs for transportation per UNOS/LifeLink policies.
D. Ensure that assigned post-donor follow-up is completed. (i.e. biopsy results, culture results, and/or recipient follow-up)
E. Accurate and timely documentation.
Primary Tissue Recovery Duties:
I. Adhere to established protocols set forth in the LifeLink Foundation Tissue Bank Standards and Procedures Manual.
II. Participate in the surgical recovery of human tissue for transplantation to include aseptic technique and circulation in an operating room setting.
III. Inspect, maintain, and monitor equipment, supplies, and instrumentation being used for procurement.
IV. Assist in the preparation of all sterile work areas and supplies needed for various stages of procurement.
V. Maintain clear and accurate documentation of the tissue recovery process.
VI. Observe recovery environment conditions and take any corrective actions deemed necessary, reporting deficiencies to Supervisor.
VII. Participate in continuing education courses and seminars necessary to maintain CEUs and remain current on procedures relating to tissue recovery.
VIII. Participate in staff and workshop meetings.
- ORT, CST, or EMT with minimum of two years experience in any of these fields, or:
- Successful completion of an accredited Surgical Technology Program or its equivalent, or AATB certification.
- Advanced technical, organizational, communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills required initially and after 20-40 hours without sleep.
- Current valid State Driver License with good driving record.