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Sterile Processing Technician

Company: Mount Auburn Hospital
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:


Surgical Instruments, supplies, and equipment are processed, decontaminated, cleaned, and sterilized in accordance with infection control and hospital policies and procedures. Supplies are monitored, ordered, and distributed in efficient quantities to support the operation of clinical departments.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Ensures proper operation of autoclave equipment prior to use on a daily basis. Inspects gas plasma and steam autoclaves for visible signs of malfunction and reports discrepancy to supervisor immediately.

  2. Performs biological and chemical tests during work shift. Maintains appropriate spore testing routinely and records results as required.

  3. Follows policy and procedure in processing all contaminated instruments and supplies returned to Sterile Processing. Disassembles and cleans procedure trays and instruments using detergent. Replaces lost or damaged instruments as required to complete the tray.

  4. Uses knowledge of sterilization principle to correctly wrap and package items for sterilization.

  5. Assembles all instrument procedure trays and packs, using instrument count sheets as a guide. Accurately labels supplies with appropriate identification, indicating the date prepared and sterilized, preparer's initials, and product name.

  6. Processes all applicable items using the appropriate form of sterilization.

  7. Safely operates decontamination equipment including cart washer, washer/ decontaminator, Steris System 1 and ultrasonic cleaner.

  8. Applies aseptic technique in daily work assignment. Performs general cleaning of work surfaces, supply shelves, and storage cabinets. Maintains assigned work areas and equipment in an clean and organized condition to maintain required standards for handling of sterilized and clean materials and equipment.

  9. Assembles case carts for Operating Room and Day Surgery, including instrument kits and disposable products for use in-patient care areas. Utilizes hospital computer system to accurately order and charge for supplies.

  10. Handles soiled instruments and equipment from ancillary departments to be reprocessed.

  11. Receives, replenishes and rotates material into the Sterile Processing Department inventory storage areas.

  12. Identifies inactive and outdated supplies, makes recommendation for inventory reduction or deletion, submits inventory correction and adjustment to supervisor.

  13. Accurately charges all supplies through computerized inventory management system.

  14. Participates in the training and orientation of new employees. Assists in supplies distribution as assigned.



  1. Must be able to read, write, comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions. High School diploma or equivalent and proficiency in basic mathematics required.

  2. Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) preferred. Knowledge of all general and special instrumentation.

  3. Knowledge of the principles of infection control and sterilization.

  4. Experience or demonstrated ability to learn the computerized inventory system, normally acquired through 2 years of work experience in a Sterile Processing and Supply Distribution environment.

  5. Good interpersonal and communication skills preferred. Full command of the English language and attention to detail is required.

  6. Capable of routine heavy lifting, pushing, bending, carrying, standing and walking constantly.

  7. Basic computer skills.


  1. Physical demands including standing, walking, stooping, bending, and lifting objects for a majority of the workday.

  2. Some exposure to infectious and hazardous materials.

  3. Exposure to high temperatures.

  4. Some exposure to carcinogenic gases.

Keywords: Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge , Sterile Processing Technician, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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