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Sterile Processing Tech II

Methodist Health System Omaha, NE
  • Purpose of Job
    • Processes, sorts, assembles, and distributes contaminated and non-contaminated instruments and equipment.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • High School Diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D) required

    • Experience
      • One to two years' experience in a surgical environment preferred.
      • Requires the ability to logically assess ideas and concepts, to develop effectiveness and efficiency in the services provided.

    • License/Certifications
      • Certified Sterile Processing & Distribution Tech (CSPDT) required.
      • or
      • Certification by International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) required.
        • Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
        • Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS)
        • Certification in Healthcare Leadership (CHL)
        • Certified Central Service Vendor Program (CCSVP)

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Requires the ability to logically assess ideas and concepts, to develop effectiveness and efficiency in the services provided.
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I

      • Processes, sorts, assembles, and distributes contaminated and non-contaminated instruments and equipment to construct clean accurate sets which are in good repair by using special techniques and procedures of Universal Barrier Precautions.
        • Follows procedures for manual cleaning process.
        • Follows procedures for automated cleaning process.
        • Proper use of chemicals and knowledge of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) forms.
        • Practices Universal precautions, Infection Control policies and observes safe work practices.
        • Communicates to appropriate personnel regarding sharps, punctures and other potential risks.
        • Operates decontam machinery in strict accordance with departmental procedures.
        • Adheres to using personal protective equipment (PPE) while working in decontam.

      • Distributes instruments sets to ensure receipt by departments in a timely manner as directed by supervisory staff, as requested by customers and as deemed necessary by technician.
        • Deliver sterile cart to Operating Room (OR)/Outpatient Surgery (OPS) in a timely manner.
        • Accurately delivers sterile items in the correct location as designated in Sterile Processing Department (SPD).
        • Responds to Operating Room (OR)/Outpatient Surgery (OPS)'s requests in a timely manner.

      • Prepares surgical instruments and related supplies to ensure surgical instrument sets are assembled accurately and completely by following recipe card.
        • Precisely follows individual recipe sheets for each set/tray/item being assembled.
        • Replace lost or damaged instruments as required to complete the set/tray.
        • Conducts quality checks on instruments for cleanliness, function, defects, breakage and overall condition.
        • Flushes all instruments with lumens or cannulated.

      • Keeps accurate records of sterilization and of all equipment in the department to comply with federal and other external regulations by following guidelines in department policy and procedure manual.
        • Maintains Sterile Processing Department (SPD)'s equipment service log.
        • Maintains accurate sterilization records/documentation.
        • Follows protocol for scanning bar coded items.
        • Scanning items to the proper stations and locations.
        • Sterilization records entered accurately into the sterilization module.
        • Consistently records accurate load control numbers.
        • Consistently verifies and initials all records according to policy.

      • Performs sterile linen processing to ensure availability of sterile linen, by following established guidelines.
        • Correctly assembles and wrap linen packs according to guidelines.
        • Keeps sterile linen stocked to the set par levels.
        • Proper wrapping techniques used when using non-woven wrapper.
        • Proper packaging techniques used when using paper peel pouches.
        • Proper techniques and supplies used when using rigid containers.

      • Loads and unloads sterilization carts to ensure smooth and timely processing and delivery of sterile instruments and supplies by carefully and properly handling items on the cart as outlined in department procedure manual.
        • Operate sterilizers in strict accordance with departmental procedures.
        • Followings policy and procedures for steam sterilization.
        • Followings policy and procedures for Ethylene Oxide sterilization.
        • Followings policy and procedures for Gas plasma sterilization.
        • Understands and interprets mechanical, chemical and biological indicators.
        • Prepare sterilization loads according to sterilization method and policies.
        • Incubates self contained biologicals according to protocol.
        • Follows policy and procedures for Peracetic Acid sterilization.

      • Performs all other duties as needed or assigned by Lead Sterile Processing Tech. to align related needs with effective solutions.
        • Assists in unpacking the department's supply order.
        • Reviews the check-off manuals and follows up with new staff for their first 6 months.
        • Review and checks off orientation manuals if a preceptor for new staff.
        • Assist with improving the quality of sterile processing services.
        • Assist with identifying pertinent evidence to establish benchmarks at directed.
        • Exhibits professional interpersonal and communication skills.

    • Essential Functions II

      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.

      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.

      • Other duties as assigned.

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