Covenant Health

Job Title
Sterile Proc Tech II
ID
3257931
Facility
Parkwest Medical Center
Department Name
STERILE PROCESSING

Overview

                                                        Parkwest

 

Sterile Processing Technician, Sterile Processing

Full Time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Shift Varies (rotating weekends and holidays)

 

 

The Sterile Processing Department is a fast paced environment serves multiple specialties for patient care. To be a successful SPD Technician, individuals need to be able to multi task, critically think, and be very detail oriented; and have a good working knowledge of a variety of sterilization techniques and be able to work with fragile equipment. SPD technicians’ roles effect patient care and outcomes. This role is recognized by the state of Tennessee and healthcare professionals and therefore does require certification upon completion of requirements set by CBSPD and/or IASCHM.

 

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Manually cleaning supplies of contaminants, removing waste matter, and operating and maintaining decontamination equipment.
  • Preparing and packing decontaminated supplies for sterilization.
  • Monitoring and operating sterilization equipment.
  • Examining supplies meticulously to ensure they are properly cleaned and sanitized.
  • Testing and reporting any issues or problems with the sterilization equipment.
  • Sterilizing, preparing, wrapping, and organizing equipment into instrument trays for patient care procedures.
  • State and federal documentation of sterilization procedures, sterilized items, equipment maintenance, and supplies.

 

Position Summary:  Under the direction of department leadership, responsible for the proper decontamination, inspection, assembly, and high level disinfection and sterilization of surgical instruments. Operates processing equipment. Requires proficiency in instrument decontamination and assembly and knowledge of the sterilization methods available and which method is appropriate in correlation with the devices that are to be processed.

Responsibilities

  • Decontaminates surgical instruments according to manufacturer’s instructions or advised by the department leader. Will operate all decontamination equipment including washer disinfectors, ultrasonic cleaners, cart washer, and automatic endoscope reprocessor (AER).
  • Inspects instruments after decontamination ensuring all items are clean, intact, functional, and accounted for.
  • Assembles trays in a manner that ensures devise sterility as well as presenting a tray that is easy for the end user to access for use. Uses count sheets to ensure trays are assembled accurately. Interfaces with the instrument tracking system for all functions of processing.
  • Packages or containerizes instruments sets according to manufacturer’s guidelines and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards. Packages in a neat and proper technique ensuring easy, aseptic opening in the operating room.
  • Loads sterilizer carts in a way to ensure packaged items are not punctured or compromised, loads containers and wrapped goods as recommended
  • Runs daily sterilizer tests on all steam and low temperature sterilizers.
  • Operates sterilizer according to manufacturer’s instruction ensuring load biological monitoring.
  • Documents all load contents, interfaces load to tracking system, loads cycle confirming correct parameters, monitors sterilizer to tracking system information, records all pertinent information (biological, mechanical, and chemical).  
  • Unloads sterilizers, ensuring items are not compromised, and stores in correct location according to instrument tracking system storage locations
  • Follows endoscope manufacturer’s processing instructions and accepted standards/ guidelines.
  • Assists with the orientation of new employees in department as needed.
  • Prepares hospital requisitions as needed; monitors and communicates to management all items received from outside vendors.
  • Answer phones and relays information to other employees and staff members.
  • Inventories set levels of instruments and stock items to be sterilized daily. Re-stocks supplies in all areas.
  • Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Minimum Education:  None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.

 

Minimum Experience:  Must have one (1) year surgical instrument or instrument technician experience.

 

Licensure Requirement:  IAHCSMM (International Association for Healthcare Material Management) as a Certified Registered Sterile Processing Technician (CRCST) or CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing Technicians) as a Certified Sterile Processing Distribution Technician (CSPDT) certification is required. 

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