Sterile Processing Technician
Company: Mount Auburn Hospital
Posted on: June 10, 2021
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
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
Performs biological and chemical tests during work shift.
Maintains appropriate spore testing routinely and records results
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.
Uses knowledge of sterilization principle to correctly wrap and
package items for sterilization.
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.
Processes all applicable items using the appropriate form of
Safely operates decontamination equipment including cart washer,
washer/ decontaminator, Steris System 1 and ultrasonic cleaner.
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.
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.
Handles soiled instruments and equipment from ancillary
departments to be reprocessed.
Receives, replenishes and rotates material into the Sterile
Processing Department inventory storage areas.
Identifies inactive and outdated supplies, makes recommendation
for inventory reduction or deletion, submits inventory correction
and adjustment to supervisor.
Accurately charges all supplies through computerized inventory
- Participates in the training and orientation of new employees.
Assists in supplies distribution as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Must be able to read, write, comprehend and follow written and
verbal instructions. High School diploma or equivalent and
proficiency in basic mathematics required.
Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) preferred.
Knowledge of all general and special instrumentation.
Knowledge of the principles of infection control and
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
Good interpersonal and communication skills preferred. Full
command of the English language and attention to detail is
Capable of routine heavy lifting, pushing, bending, carrying,
standing and walking constantly.
- Basic computer skills.
Physical demands including standing, walking, stooping, bending,
and lifting objects for a majority of the workday.
Some exposure to infectious and hazardous materials.
Exposure to high temperatures.
- Some exposure to carcinogenic gases.
Keywords: Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge , Sterile Processing Technician, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts
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