UnityPoint Health

Sterile Processing Technician I

Requisition ID
2017-39273
Category
Purchasing, Supply Chain, and Logistics
US-IA-Cedar Rapids
1026 A Ave NE
Affiliate
1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital
Cedar Rapids
Department
Operating Rooms
IA
FTE
1.0
FLSA
Non-Exempt
Scheduled Hours/Shift
1500-2330

Overview

POSITION SUMMARY

Responsible for the decontamination, disinfection, inspection, assembly, and sterilization of supplies, instruments and equipment dispensed by the department following established infection control practices. Must be conscientious with regard to procedures, capable of working under pressure and interacting professionally with other departments within the hospital. Able to accept new ideas and learn position duties. Participates in the department’s performance improvement activities.

Responsibilities

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Goal Setting/GPTW
  • Microsoft Excel , OutLook Calendar, E-mail, and SharePoint
  • Participates in Continuing Education, Daily Announcements, In-Services, and NetLearning.
  • Report - Hand off communication
  • RL Event Feedback
  • Stock Rotation
  • Working knowledge of eSims Synthes Locator
  • Working knowledge of all SPA & Tech responsibilities
  • Working knowledge of Kronos Time Card, OneSource and IFU's 
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Standard Precautions and Spaulding’s classifications.
  • Applies aseptic technique in daily work assignments. Performs general cleaning of department surface areas, rack, shelving, storage cabinets, all storage areas, and sterilizers.
  • Maintains assigned work areas and equipment in a clean and organized condition to maintain required standards for the handling of sterilized and clean materials and equipment.
  • Has a basic knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of safety matters and policies.
  • Expresses knowledge of chemical disinfectants.
  • Decontaminates instruments, equipment & all other devices per manufacturer guidelines.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of washer decontamination equipment and is able to function independently in the decontamination area.
  • Knowledgeable regarding handling and care of instruments, tray preparation and special procedure items.
  • Assembles all instrument procedure trays using protocol content lists as a guide.
  • Ensures items needing repair are removed from service and delivered to the SPD office.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the principles of sterilization. 
  • Demonstrates knowledge of sterilizing procedures and biological monitoring/documentation of the steam & Sterrad sterilizers.
  • Sterilizes instruments, equipment, linen and supplies using various types of autoclaves. Loads autoclaves in prescribed manner and sets controls to specified time and temperature according to the type of items being sterilized. Completes appropriate documentation records prior to sterilization.
  • Maintains a 3% or less error rate.
  • Performs other related duties that may be assigned including fulfilling Charge Technician duties.
  • Is aware of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.
  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity. 
  • The associate is aware of hospital and department compliance for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.
  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.
  • Successfully completes hospital-wide orientation, annual hospital competencies and department/unit specific competencies.
  • For the safety of our patients and co-workers, St. Luke’s Hospital requires seasonal and job related vaccinations. This is reviewed regularly during periodic health assessments.

 

Qualifications

 

PERSONAL SPECIFICATIONS

Education

 

  • High school graduate or equivalent required.
  • Must read, write, speak, and comprehend English fluently. (To read and interpret manufacturer’s instructions, sterilization records and all other documentation pertinent to Sterile Processing Department (SPD). To communicate effectively within the SPD).

 

Qualifications/Experience

  • Entry level position.
  • Prefer minimum (1) year clinical experience.

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