Ocular Recovery Technician
General Summary Under the general direction of the Clinical Manager - Tissue Recovery, or appropriate designee, and in accordance with protocols, policies and procedures established by the organization, AATB, FDA and UNOS, the Ocular Recovery Technician will perform a variety of duties associated with the surgical recovery of ocular tissues for transplantation and/or research purposes. The Ocular Recovery Technician will adhere to OR etiquette and always employ universal precautions while maintaining donor confidentiality. The schedule requirements of this position include seven (7) onsite and/or in office shifts per pay period. These shifts are in a rotating 12-hour call schedule that requires nights, weekends and holidays (7am-7pm or 7pm-7am). FT ORTs are required to be on-site at LLF for their shifts. Mandatory regulatory competencies, staffing plans and training may require additional time commitment outside of scheduled shifts and is the employee's responsibility to schedule completion. Essential Job Functions: Participate in the recovery of tissue as needed from incision to reconstruction using established surgical and sterile technique in an operating room or similar environment. Adhere to approved prepping, draping, zone recovery and culturing protocols. Package corneal tissue in accordance with all policies and procedures of both the processing partners and the organization, and arrange for shipment as appropriate. Work in conjunction with key members of the LLF team to ensure all necessary information is received before pursuing recovery. Enter notes into True North acknowledging notification of the consented tissue case, ocular recovery time and case completion. Review and obtain a copy of the Medical/Social Authorization form or hospital/EMS record, plasmadilution log, cooling log information and ME/Funeral Home restrictions, prior to recovery. Ensure necessary supplies and equipment are prepared and ready for use, including instruments, sterile supplies, solutions and necessary PPE for ocular recovery. Perform as a representative of the organization when recoveries are off-site. These responsibilities include ensuring the recovery team performs in a professional manner at all times, as well as obtaining a recovery site, communicating with the appropriate pathology and/or security staff and obtaining a copy of the medical record. Perform comprehensive donor identification and physical assessment prior to tissue recovery and complete all necessary documentation. Order transportation for the donor from the recovery site to the Medical Examiner's office or the funeral home as directed by the DSC. Perform on site visits to the Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore to assess potential ocular/tissue donors while utilizing a rotating schedule. Complete disposition of blood samples as appropriate, and ensure a follow-up plan, if needed. Ensure appropriate disposition of soiled equipment and supplies post recovery. Replace supplies as needed, and clean all required rooms and instruments prior to and after tissue recoveries. Expedite completion of required information to determine if tissue can be made available for transplantation in compliance with SOPs, and participates in the quality review to ensure timely release of donor records to the tissue processors. Provide training/assessments to staff members under the general direction of leadership. Participate in trainings, meetings, or others duties as assigned by Clinical Manager - Tissue Recovery or continuing education programs required to maintain clinical expertise and certification status at the discretion of The Living Legacy Foundation. All other duties assigned.Requirements: High school diploma required. College work in biology, chemistry or similar coursework preferred. Minimum of six months operating room or outpatient surgical center experience with duties related to surgical scrub, circulator or first assist. Understanding of sterile technique. Knowledge and experience related to tissue recovery is preferred. Ability to successfully use a computer and all Microsoft Office applications. Valid driver's license, proof of insurance and be insurable under The Living Legacy Foundation's master policy with ability to travel throughout Maryland. Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. Proven ability to work well with others; take and give direction; institute and maintain a professional working environment. Demonstrate good problem solving skills, ability to work both dependently and collaboratively while in demanding and stressful situations. Ability to work a rotating and on-call schedule with extended hours. Working Conditions: Reports primarily to an operating room or mortuary/pathology environment and required to stand for long periods. Working with very sharp surgical instruments which may case damage or injury if used incorrectly. Requires travel to donor hospitals throughout the State of Maryland during call shift regardless of weather conditions Responsive to DSC regarding consented tissue cases within 10 minutes of notification. Requires lifting donor's body, boxes of supplies, and other items which can be at least 75 pounds, with little likelihood of harm if proper techniques and body mechanics are followed. Possible visual fatigue associated with use of a CRT screen. Requires driving a vehicle under various conditions that may lead to visual and mental fatigue. This position is a Level 1 - High level exposure to Blood borne Pathogens and TB. Employees are in a hospital setting and have direct contract with donors or donor organs and tissues through donor management, recovery and processing.