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Sterile Processing Technician

Mary Greeley Medical Center
Ames

Job Description

Under general supervision accepts duties as assigned to provide quality prepared instrumentation and supplies to the surgical patients. Provides effective communication amongst all members of the surgical team. Ensures all actions taken in carrying out responsibilities support patient centered care. Performs related work as required.

Position Responsibilities

Unit Specific Position Responsibilities
Inspects instruments for cleanliness, proper function and damage before assembly.
Prepares complete instrument sets, replaces missing or damaged instruments. Apply missing instrument label if replacement is not available.
Packages and labels equipment in appropriate sized peel pack.
Placement and/or protects delicate or sharp instruments appropriately.
Utilizes CensiTrac scanning tracking system in Decontamination, Assembly and Sterilizing areas. Correctly labels all items to be processed/sterilized with proper identification and location.
Issues sterile equipment and supplies to patient care units as requested.
Prepares and assembles surgical trays and equipment following established tray list for issue, storage or further processing (such as sterilization).
Prepares and maintains accurate records on all items sterilized.
Monitors, reads, documents and interprets all parameters for all sterilizers to assess proper function (Steam, VPro, NX Sterrad).
Internal, external and biological monitor systems are utilized

Placement of trays, wrapped items and peel pack will follow manufacturers instructions.

Prioritizes in order to meet deadlines for processing instrument sets.
Picks inventory for each OR case (scheduled and add on)
Cleans work areas.
Communicates with co-workers and health team members.
Restocks supplies, notify coordinator if stock is low or depleted. Checks for expiration dates and rotates in assigned areas.
Maintains knowledge of infection control policy/procedures.
Responsible for on-call duties as scheduled.
Performs other assigned duties.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

Required Qualifications (Including any licensure, certification, education):

High school graduate or equivalent

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) training, or within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment

Preferred Qualifications:

Graduate of accredited Surgical Technologist program

Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Ability to understand and communicate oral and written English.

Ability to pursue and foster a sense of team and partnership across all disciplines.

Ability to assist nursing personnel and ancillary departments.

Ability to function promptly and appropriately under stressful conditions

Become Certified within 3 years of hire

Proficient knowledge of sterilization processes.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

Skill in the use of specialized equipment and or techniques.

Employment Type

80 hour Full Time

Schedule

Evening Shift

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