Responsible for 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 and capable of working under pressure and interacting professionally with other departments within hospital. Able to accept new ideas and learn position duties. Participates in the department’s performance improvement activities. Must be able to troubleshoot, identify workable solutions, and communicate effectively with the Sterile Processing Manager.
Assembles all instrument procedure trays using protocol content lists as a guide. Decontaminates instruments, equipment & all other devices per manufacturer guidelines. Ensures items needing repair are removed from service and delivered to the SPD office. Communicates effectively with all customers and staff. Sterilizes instruments, equipment and supplies in various types of autoclaves and sterrad machines. Loades autoclaves and sterrad machines 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. Demonstrates knowledge of medical/surgical procedure and terminology. Applies aseptic techniques in daily work assignments. Performs general cleaning of department surface areas, racks, shelves, storage cabinets, all storage areas, and equipment. 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. Demonstrates a cooperative, courteous and dependable work performance. Demonstrates basic knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance. Demonstrates knowledge of infection control principles and Spaulding’s classifications. Expresses knowledge of chemical disinfectants and is able to access MSDS. Demonstrates knowledge of washer decontamination equipment and is able to function independently in the decontamination area. Demonstrates knowledge of instrument names and the care and handling of instruments, tray preparation and special procedure items. Demonstrates ability to access and utilize OneSource website for manufacturer’s instructions for use documents. Demonstrates knowledge of sterilizing procedures and biological monitoring and documentation of the steam and sterrad sterilizers. Demonstrates ability to access and utilize RL Events site. Maintains a 3% or less error rate. Performs other related duties that may be assigned.
High school graduate or equivalent.
Completion of Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) exam within 2 years of hire preferred.
Previous experience in Sterile Processing preferred.
Must read, write, speak, and comprehend English fluently to read manufacturer’s instructions, sterilization records and all other documentation pertinent to Sterile Processing Department (SPD).
Microsoft Office-basic computer skills.
Critical thinking skills using independent judgement in making decisions.
Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.
Ability of flexibility in accepting assignments and works well as a team member and individual.