MOS 68D—Operating Room Specialist

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 68D, Operating Room Specialist:

PULHES: 222221
Physical Demands Rating: medium
Required ASVAB Score: ST: 91
Enlistment Bonus: None
Security Clearance: None
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
AIT Length / Location: 9 weeks at Ft Sam Houston, Texas
Other Requirements

Operating Room Specialist (MOS 68D) Description / Major Duties:

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 for MOS 68D at each skill level are:

MOSC 68D1O. Assist in preparing patients and operating room environment for surgery and provides assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures to include the creation and maintenance of sterile fields for surgical procedures, the draping of patients, the preparation, manipulation, and delivery of basic surgical instruments and equipment, and the accountability for all instruments, needles, sponges and medications placed within the sterile field. The duties do not include the manipulation of tissue (cutting, suturing, cannulating, grafting, sawing or drilling). Perform various preoperative and postoperative procedures as directed. Maintain the cleanliness of the operating room. Receives, cleans, decontaminates, sterilizes, stores and issues various medical supplies and equipment used during surgical procedures. Responsible for the sterilization process, which includes inspecting, cleaning, assembling, warping and sterilizing equipment. Operates and runs sterilization checks on a variety of sterilization equipment to include Steam, ETO, Sterrad and Steris Systems.

MOSC 68D2O. Performs duties shown in the preceding skill level and provides technical guidance to subordinates. Perform circulator services under the direct supervision on an RN as required. Sets up, positions, and operates specialized and advanced operating room equipment. Supervises and advises subordinate personnel.

MOSC 68D3O. Performs duties shown in the preceding skill level and provides technical guidance to subordinates. Implements and monitors the automatic war and clinic delivery system. Monitor quality of sterilization techniques to ensure adherence to established standards. Supervise the maintenance programs in the operating room and the central material service. Establishes stock levels for requisitioning supplies and equipment and supervises their storage and issue. Prepares and maintains various reports and files. Supervises and advises subordinate personnel.

MOSC 68D4O. Performs duties shown in the preceding skill level and provides technical guidance to subordinates. Coordinate activities of the OR and CMS with other elements of the medical treatment facility. Develops, monitors, and evaluates training. Establishes policies for and monitors exposure levels of sterilization chemicals and anesthetic gases with the OR. Participates in the preparation of the OR and CMS budget. Supervises and advises subordinate personnel.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 68D:

(1) Normal color perception and normal vision with or without corrective lens.
(2) No aversion to the sight of blood and freedom from chronic or recurrent skin infections or allergies when handling antiseptics, disinfectants, or cleaning agents. No skin allergies related to latex products.
(3) No history of a felony conviction.
(4) No history of conviction of crimes involving:
(a) An out of hospital patient or a patient or resident of a medical care facility.
(b) Financial exploitation of a person entrusted to a care of the applicant.
(c) Any weapons/ammunition/explosives/arson charges.
(d) Any drug activity involving illegal possession, buying, selling or distribution (dealing) of controlled substances or synthetics.
(e) Violence against persons or property.
(f) Sexual misconduct.
(5) No record of conviction by special or general courts-martial or civilian courts of offenses listed in AR 27-10 (Military Justice), chapter 24 or otherwise required to register as a sexual offender under AR 27-10, chapter 24.
(6) Formal training (completion of MOS 68D course conducted under the auspices of the AMEDDC&S) mandatory or meet the ACASP criteria per paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) below.
(a) Have 1 year experience as an operating room technician or have completed an operating room technician course at least 12 weeks duration. The course curriculum must contain the following key elements: a supervised clinical practicum of not less than 240 hours; basic science subjects to include surgical anatomy; principles and practices of sterilization; duties of the scrub technician and duties of the circulator.
(b) A letter from the individual’s current employer verifying competency and course transcripts are required.
(c) Proficiency training must be performed under supervision of an Army nurse corps officer or NCO (SSG and above) qualified in MOS 68D.

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 68D:

P5—Master Fitness Trainer.
2B—Air Assault (personnel only).
2S—Battle Staff Operations (skill level 3 and above).
4A—Reclassification Training.
5W—Jumpmaster (personnel only).

Article Last Modified: February 17, 2011

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