Department: Sterile Processing FTE: 1.00 Full Time Shift: Rotating
Position Summary: Provide operational support to Surgical Services, nursing units and other Hospitals departments to include processing and terminal sterilization, inventory control, and complex scope reprocessing. The technician holds a certification in surgical instrument reprocessing and demonstrates competency in performing associated core competencies. The technician may be trained in and perform other departmental technician duties and positions. Technicians work as a team to assure all instruments and supplies are ready and available for surgical and procedural patient care. Ensure adherence to Hospitals and departmental policies and procedures. No patient care assignment.
Detailed responsibilities: * REPROCESSING - Oversees aspects of endoscope reprocessing practices, including training, scope inventories, and scope damage and repairs. Functions as a resource and leader within the department and liaison with Endoscopy services * COMPLEX SCOPE REPROCESSING - Performs decontamination and disinfection of complex, multi-channel scopes with elevator mechanisms. Performs testing and culturing of scopes as required. Performs high level disinfection of scopes according to standards * SCOPE REPROCESSING - Performs decontamination and disinfection of complex, multi-channel scopes without elevator mechanisms. Performs high level disinfection of semi-critical and critical instrumentation * DECONTAMINATION - Performs instrument and equipment decontamination procedures according to standards. Operates all decontamination equipment; performs all quality assurance integrity checks to standards * INSTRUMENT ASSEMBLY - Inspect instruments for cleanliness; check decontaminated instruments; ensure complete assembly; reassemble instruments sets, power equipment, retractors, and other equipment; reassemble consignment instrument set and other orthopedic specialty sets; set up, prepare, wrap, and label sets and services for sterilization; prepare and control instruments for rapid turnaround for the next case prepare containers for sterilization in the required order; educate others in the proper use of the priority board * STERILIZATION - Operate sterilizers and load sterilization carts with instrument containers, bowls and basins, etc., loads sterilizers as appropriate and initiate the appropriate sterilization cycle; maintain autoclaves by cleaning and monitoring them; educate others in the proper use and monitoring of the equipment * ROLE MODEL - Act as a clinical resource and role model for department personnel * RECORDS - Record required information for monitoring every load of sterilized items to ensure all parameters of the sterilization cycle were met and the items were sterilized * STERILE PROCESSING - Clean, decontaminate, test, and distribute PCE (Patient Care Equipment) to patient care areas; record equipment information for tracking * ENVIRONMENT - Keep all Central Supply Departments neat and clean, stocked, and in a workable order * SURGICAL SUPPLY - Report instrument malfunction and place instruments in the appropriate location for repair * COMMUNICATION - Keep the reporting Director advised of major problem areas as they arise * ENVIRONMENT - Ensure all TJC and American Association for Medical Instrumentation Standards (AAMI) standards are followed * DEVELOPMENT - Enhance professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, reading current literature, attending in-services, meetings and workshops
Education: Essential: * High School or GED Equivalent * Certificate Education specialization: Essential: * Sterile Processing Technician
Experience: Essential: 1 year directly related experience
Credentials: Essential: * Sterile Processing Certification or Equivelant * Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing Certificate * Endoscope or GI Scope Certification w/in 15 mos of pos Nonessential: * Cert from IAHCSMM or CBSPD
Physical Conditions: Heavy Work: Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects or people. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Medium Work.
Working conditions: Essential: * Sig Hazard: Chemicals, Bio Hazardous Materials req PPE