The Sterile Processing Technician provides support services to the operating room and other departments throughout the organization. This position is responsible for decontamination, assembly, sterilization of instrumentation, and cleaning of equipment for patient use on the floors.
Cleans carts, surgical instruments, power and specialty equipment, using washer/disinfectors, sonic washer and dryer, and cart washers
Distributes and or stores instruments and equipment according to department standards
Checks procedure trays and instrument sets for accuracy, consistency and condition of instruments and initials all work performed.
Makes daily rounds to floors and departments to pick up soiled instruments and equipment.
Cleans and disinfects soiled equipment and instruments thoroughly.
Maintains and operates the washer/disinfectors, cart lift, and cart washer as recommended by the manufacturer
Communicates any special requests to oncoming shift
Checks equipment to determine proper functioning, and notifies appropriate person to resolve any issues identified
Assembles and packages linen for OR case carts and other departments throughout the hospital as necessary.
Assists in assembling operating room case carts.
Sterilizes instruments and supplies using steam, Sterrad, or Steris System 1E sterilizers
Monitors sterilizers, washer/disinfectors and other equipment for proper functioning and reports malfunctions to appropriate person
Maintains sterilization records and other documentation as necessary
Attends seminars and in-services to maintain certification and up-to-date knowledge of sterile processing methods and practices
Wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times
Maintains knowledge in all sterilization, CDPH and Joint Commission regulatory standards, identifies any gaps or deficiencies and reports immediately for correction.
Adheres to and demonstrates ability to follow policies and procedures related to preparation and packaging of instrumentation.
Adheres to and demonstrates ability to follow policies and procedures related to decontamination.
Takes after hours call in the surgery department
Sorts, assembles and wraps/containerizes instruments and specialty equipment for sterilization in 8 out of 13 Service Lines: General, GYN, Plastics/Burn, Urology, Ophthalmology, ENT/Dental, Robotic, Cardiothoracic, Vascular, Orthopedic, Spine, Neurosurgery, and Pediatrics according to department standards
Department Specific Competencies
Number of Years Experience Type of Experience
1 Sterile Processing Tech experience
License / Certification Requirements
CRCST or CBSPD within 24 months of hire