OB Technologist


18437 (SEIU LOCAL 925 HCP/LT)


Assist health care professionals in obstetric (OB) operative procedures and in the examination and treatment of patients in Labor and Delivery. Obtain, assemble, and arrange sterile instruments and supplies used; pass appropriate instruments, sutures and supplies to surgeon during procedures; maintain patient safety throughout perioperative care; and perform a variety of health care and clerical support duties.


The primary responsibility is Operating Room (OR) support in Labor and Delivery (LD). Under general supervision, prepare operating room for surgical procedures; obtain, assemble, and arrange sterile instruments; and anticipate and pass instruments, sutures, and supplies required during operative procedures. When not in the OR, perform a variety of health care and clerical support duties in LD.


Prepare operating room prior to procedures by selecting sterile instruments from autoclave and/or sterile containers, arranging appropriate instruments for specific procedures, and arranging required equipment;

Maintain aseptic technique;

Anticipate and pass instruments and supplies to surgeon during procedures;

Count and document supplies used during procedures;

Assist with equipment preparation;

Assist with draping patients;

Assist with gowning and gloving physicians;

Assist with clean up after procedures;

Assist with dressing application and patient transfer;

Participate in training and orienting students and staff;

Perform related duties as required.

When not in the OR:

Perform direct patient care procedures including conducting basic laboratory and electrocardiogram tests, venipuncture, etc. Provide patient care post-treatment/procedure, newborn care, and patient instruction; and document provision of patient care;

Provide assistance to health care and other providers who are performing patient care procedures;

Observe and document in the medical record the patient’s physical and emotional condition and vital signs; recognize and report symptomalogy of common medical illnesses to physician or nurse;

Monitor patient flow to assure efficient operations;

Provide patient education such as information or instructions regarding procedures, vaccinations, care routines, discharge, etc.;

Use technology that promotes communication and delivery of care such as e-mail, glucometers, ORCA (patient care documentation system), databases, materials management ordering programs, etc.;

Recognize emergent/urgent problems and provide basic telephone screening;

Schedule new and return appointment; use computer system to check patients in and out;

Prepare medical record and document information to complete patient check-in process (or note patient cancellation/failure);

Transport patients and lab specimens;

Maintain designated level of supplies in specified areas, order medical and clerical supplies, and stock examination rooms; and assist in the general maintenance of the patient care areas of the department;

Maintain daily quality assurance and procedures for designated equipment;

Perform related duties as required.


Completion of a Medical Assistant course accredited by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) AND one (1) year of experience in a health care setting;


Certification as a Surgical Technologist;

High school graduation or equivalent
AND Three (3) years of experience as a Medical Assistant; OR

One (1) year of experience as an OB Technologist.

Legal Requirement
A Health Care Assistant (HCA) certification is required within 6 months of employment.
[Note: HCA certification is required for venipuncture and blood glucose testing. The most basic level of HCA certification (Level “A”) can be achieved through on-the-job training.]
New Class: 10-1-2008