Provide equipment support in an acute care environment

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required with the provision of equipment support to meet the needs of the client and surgical team in an operating suite


Work will be performed within a prescribed range of functions, generally within a team environment, involving known routines and procedures

All activities are carried out in accordance with organisation policies, procedures and infection control guidelines


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Ascertain equipment requirements of the operating list

1.1 Consult with relevant operating team members and reference material to determine equipment required

1.2 Use basic knowledge of surgical procedures to assist and identify the needs of operating teams

2. Select and use appropriate equipment

2.1 Locate relevant equipment and check to ensure that it is complete, clean and ready for use

2.2 Position equipment in accordance with set up procedures

2.3 Notify basic equipment faults to appropriate staff according to organisation policy and procedure

2.4 Clean and store equipment safely

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes knowledge of:

Relevant Australian hospital standards, regulations and guidelines

Relevant OHS legislation and infection control codes of practice, enterprise policies and procedures

Safety and environmental aspects related to workplace operation and manual handling, including workplace hazards

Theatre policy and procedures guidelines

Theatre protocols

Types of theatre attire and purpose of personal protective clothing

Essential Skills:

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to:

Complete all activities accurately and in a timely and safe manner

Complete correct set-up and positioning of theatre equipment for a variety of surgical procedures

Comply with enterprise requirements, OH&S legislation, infection control, manual handling procedures and relevant health regulations

Effectively coordinate required processes

Ensure work is completed systematically with attention to detail without damage to equipment

Liaise effectively with theatre staff and provide appropriate equipment as requested

Use correct theatre handling equipment procedures

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Essential skills (contd):

In addition, the candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes the ability to:

Carry out all work according to safe working guidelines

Handle equipment safely

Liaise effectively with theatre staff and provide appropriate equipment as requested

Solve problems including the ability to use available resources and prioritise workload

Take into account opportunities to address waste minimisation, environmental responsibility and sustainable practice issues

Undertake equipment set-up procedures

Undertake specialist cleaning processes for theatre equipment

Use literacy support available in the workplace which may range from having access to support or assistance from expert/mentor/supervisor, to having no communication supports available

Use numeracy skills include the ability to complete basic arithmetic calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and recording numbers

Use oral communication skills as required to fulfil job roles in a safe manner and as specified by the organisation, including skills in:

asking questions

providing clear information

listening to and understanding workplace instructions

clarifying workplace instructions when necessary

literacy in English or a community language, depending on client group and organisation requirements

Use reading and writing skills as required to fulfil job roles in a safe manner and as specified by organisation at a level of skill that may range from the ability to understand symbols used in OHS signs to reading and interpreting manufacturers' instructions for equipment, workplace safety pamphlets or procedure manuals to reading labels and handling chemicals such as cleaning fluids

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this competency unit:

The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills

Consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of situations relevant to the workplace

Where, for reasons of safety, space, or access to equipment and resources, assessment takes place away from the workplace, the assessment environment should represent workplace conditions as closely as possible

Context of and specific resources for assessment:


Infection control procedures

Workplace health and safety guidelines

Theatre policy and procedure guidelines

Other organisation policies and procedures

Duties statements and/or job descriptions

Method of assessment

Observation of work activities providing equipment support in an operating theatre environment

Observation of simulation and/or role play providing equipment support in an operating theatre environment

Discussion of physical and/or behavioural contingency scenarios involving duty of care

Authenticated transcripts of relevant education/training courses/

Recognition of relevant life/work experience

Written assignments/projects or questioning should be used to assess knowledge

Authenticated reports of experience in providing equipment theatre support services (Documentation associated with performance reviews, supervisor/co-ordinator evaluations of work performance)

Training records associated with OH Safety training, Orientation/Induction Training, Safe Manual Handing, Universal infection control procedures

Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice

Access and equity considerations:

All workers in the health industry should be aware of access and equity issues in relation to their own area of work

All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

In recognition of particular health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Equipment requirements will depend upon:

Personal preference of medical staff

Availability of equipment

Client assessment

Case complexity and speciality area eg general, vascular, ophthalmic, gynaecology

Manual handling requirements

Equipment will vary between hospitals due to the above considerations

Equipment may include:



Positioning aids


Operating tables

Positioning accessories

Electro-surgical equipment


Gas cylinders/regulators


Endoscopic monitors and tower systems

Suction units

Monitoring devices

Warming equipment

Audio visual equipment


Orthopaedic equipment


Mechanical lifter

Reference material may include but is not limited to:

Operating list

Preference cards


Operating teams may include:

Nursing staff



Other support staff


Not Applicable

Employability Skills

This unit contains Employability Skills

Licensing Information

Not Applicable