The Sterile Processing Department Technician I & II are responsible for the processing and distribution of instruments and medical equipment used in-patient care areas and for the input of patient charges.
Major Position Responsibilities:
- Documents and verifies sterilization loads and biological tests to determine the efficacy of the sterilization process.
- Documents and verifies washer check tests to determine the efficacy of the automated washer/disinfectors
- Documents and verifies ultrasonic check tests to determine the efficacy of the ultrasonic cleaner
- Documents the delivery of Patient Care Equipment
- Decontamination: Identifies and uses appropriate methods to sort, disassemble, decontaminate, rinse and disinfect instruments and equipment. Maintains safety standards.
- Preparing Instruments: Consistently uses count sheets to correctly assemble, inspect, protect, wrap, containerize and/or peel package and label instruments
- Sterilization Process: Selects appropriate sterilization methods. Knows and follows correct principles of sterilization.
- High Level Disinfection: Identifies those items that require High Level Disinfection and performs and monitors per the Manufacturers Instructions for Use.
- Storage: Properly handles and stores sterile and or non-sterile supplies, equipment, and instruments.
- Distribution: Accesses Doctor Preference Card. Retrieves disburses medical and surgical supplies and equipment to the customer in a quality/timely manner.
- Equipment: Knows, uses, maintains, and operates the equipment specific to SPD, i.e. steam, gas plasma, washer/disinfectors, ultrasonic cleaners, and heat sealers.
- Inventory Control: Knows and uses the process involved in receiving, stocking, rotating and delivery of supplies. Communicates supplies issues in a timely manner.
- Environmental Standards: Maintains a clean orderly work area. Completes assigned housekeeping duties.
- Resource: Serves as a resource to customers on all SPD functions. Helps train new employees.
- Other: Performs all other related job duties as required. Tracks his/her progress and compliance in regards to training, staff meeting and inservice education and hospital mandatory training.
Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities
Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.
Sterile Processing Tech Intern
- Documentation of currently enrolled in a Sterile Processing certification program, required
- Certification obtained within 8 months of hire or transfer, required.
Sterile Processing Tech I
- Two (2) years Sterile Processing Department (SPD) or Surgical Technician experience required. Documentation of enrollment in a Sterile Processing or Surgical Technician program or documentation of scheduled testing towards obtaining Certification required within 6 months of hire effective as of 11/2018.
Sterile Processing Tech II
- Certification and Two (2) years’ experience in a Hospital/Acute Care Surgical setting as a Sterile Processing Technician (also known as a Central Supply Technician or Instrument Room Technician) or as a Surgical Technician required. Must be proficient in assembling large complex instrumentation such as spine, open heart, and robotic instrumentation
High School diploma or GED required.
Sterile Processing Tech II
Certified Sterile Processing Technician (or Certified Surgical Technician required.
Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.