I have worked as a CSA for about 13 years, and our hospital is using scrub techs more often due to budget cuts within the last year. Our scrub techs have a variety of training, most being LPNS or CSTs. We have a few that hold no medical license or certification, and one has started to close skin. What do most hospitals do in your area with non-medical employees in this sense? I always thought that the surgeon could have delegate any task to whoever he/she wanted, however doesn't the hospital itself has a liablity in this also? The surgeons are NOT employeed by our hospital in this case.
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I have basically the same question...we st's that have been trained on the job with no certification and no formal training. They are being allowed to close patients...sometimes even making an RNFA move for them to close a patient. This is happening at op clinics in Mississippi but I cannot find any information that states if it is legal or not. Also does the st operate under the MD's license or the RN during surgery...
I have researched this over the last couple of years, and I have found a variety of practices. The one thing I that seems to be a common trend is that the role of the CSA/CSFA/RNFA/CRNFA is a dying field with an increase in difficulty getting reimbursed by insurance companies and budget cuts. I can't imagine that a surgical technician would ever operate under the RN license/malpractice etc (circulator I am assuming you mean?) during a surgery.
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