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Health Care Attendant – Operating Room

St. Michael's Hospital - Unity Health Toronto

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted November 5, 2020.

The Health Care Attendant (HCA), Operating Room provides support and assistance to members of the Perioperative Team and their patients under the direction of the RN/MD. The HCA contributes to the efficient organization and the smooth flow of the surgical experience for the patient, maintains a neat, clean and safe environment while assisting other members of the patient care team in the preparation and maintenance of the Perioperative environment. The HCA completes cleaning/housekeeping duties as required, works within a multidisciplinary team and is respectful of the patient/family. The successful candidate will be cross-trained in the Cystoscopy and Post Anesthesia Care Units.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures procedure/operating room is prepared for daily activities and prepares advanced procedure room(s) for each patient procedure i.e. equipment, instrumentation and procedure supplies
  • Turns over the advanced procedure room after each procedure i.e. remove, clean then replace linen on OR bed, clearing items from the previous patient procedure, brings procedure supplies into room
  • Takes instrumentation to soiled utility room after patient use and organizes for transport to medical device reprocessing department
  • Supporting and assisting with organization and preparation of supplies and equipment
  • Ensure medication and surgical supplies are available in a timely manner and within the appropriate expiry date
  • Under the direction of RNs and MDs, assisting with the positioning of patients
  • Opening sterile packaging as required, under supervision of a RN
  • Transporting specimens and retrieving any stat materials as requested i.e. blood products.
  • Transporting used/soiled equipment, linen under direction of RN and MD.
  • Supporting and assisting with organization of emergency supplies and equipment as requested
  • Ensuring patient transfer positioning equipment is available and functioning i.e. beds, oxygen
  • equipment, headrests
  • Ensuring equipment (PCA pumps, transport oxygen, transport monitors, etc) are available and functioning and ready for patient use and transport
  • Maintaining carts where applicable, equipment drawers and equipment, keeping patient
  • bays/areas, carts clean, stocked and organized
  • Must be aware when transport and movement of patients is necessary and imminent
  • Assisting with patient transfer to and from the patient bed/stretcher, and to and from the units
  • Assisting, supporting and/or enabling the RN/professional staff to give care
  • Responsible for disposal of used products from the unit i.e. laundry and garbage. Cleaning transportation equipment and identifying general needs for maintenance and repair
  • Transporting or receiving all stat requests as requested and assisting in ensuring appropriate furniture and equipment is available.
  • Transporting beds, stretchers, equipment throughout Perioperative Services area.


  • Health Care Aide (HCA) or Personal Support Worker (PSW) diploma certificate from a recognized program approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities that is no less than 625 hours in length, required.
  • Medical device reprocessing certificate or recent perioperative experience required.
  • Current BLS/CPR certification required. 
  • Must understand the concepts of and function within a sterile environment.
  • Must have knowledge and ability to practice aseptic technique.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet the physical demands of the role, including pushing and lifting up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to provide portering and transportation services for patients and supplies.
  • Must be flexible and able to work all shifts including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to perform full range of duties in this position, while working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills.
  • Proficient time management and problem solving skills with minimal direction.
  • Competent computer skills preferred.
  • Satisfactory attendance record.
  • Other duties as assigned.