A sterile process technician sterilizes and assembles the instrumentation and equipment required for surgery, exams and other medical procedures. Responsible for taking inventory and ordering equipment. Responsible for maintaining instructions for use of instrumentation and equipment used for sterilization processes. Responsible for maintaining Hazardous Material list for the department.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Decontaminates and/or sterilizes instruments, medical supplies, and equipment. Assembles, wraps, and sterilizes trays of instruments for the health system.
Follows proper precautions for indicated work based on hospital policy.
Monitors biological and chemical wash solutions to ensure quality and consistency for decontamination of instruments and medical equipment.
Restocks, labels, and maintains inventory, submits requisitions, collects, and distributes instruments, and trays.
Performs environmental maintenance duties and assists in maintain inventory levels in sterile processing, the operating room and in the equipment storage areas.
Verifies that equipment functions properly, requisitions for equipment maintenance, repair or replacements and removes defective equipment.
Assists in transporting patients for discharge and positioning patients as needed in the OR.
Dons cap and mask, prepares for and dresses in sterile gown and rubber gloves, follows PPE guidelines.
Assists in educating staff on the policies and procedures to be followed in Central Supply.
Re-sterilization of unused sterile supplies.
Care and storage of delicate instruments.
Cleaning of contaminated operating rooms.
Care and disposal of infectious linen.
Supports the policies and procedures of the organization and the standards of the Joint Commission as required for full accreditation.
Performs High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization procedures according to both the manufacturer’s instructions and evidence-based guidelines.
A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties requested by their manager or charge nurse.
Considers age-related factors in care, treatment, education, and evaluation of patients ranging from neonates, pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Applies knowledge of age-related factors appropriately in accordance with professional standards and departmental policies and procedures.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school graduate or equivalent. Central Service Technician. Preferred one-year surgical experience within the last five years.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before patients and/or patient's family.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Central Service/Instrument Specialist Certification and/or Surgical Technician Certification. Certified Registered Central Service Technician is required within 6 months after the orientation has been completed. BLS certification.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Performs a Class I job as classified by OSHA and may be exposed to Class I hazards.