Position Summary: The Certified Sterile Processing Technician cares for an maintains all surgical instrumentation, sterilization devices, instrument washers and monitoring systems under the supervision of surgical leadership and based on policies and procedures of the Surgical Services Department, based on AORN recommendations and DHEC regulations.
- Applies knowledge and experience of principles of Universal Precautions, sterile processing, and aseptic techniques.
- Has knowledge of the rhythm of surgical procedures and the purpose of instruments included in the instrument sets
- Following established protocol, process surgical instruments and scopes through initial wash, set/reset of surgical trays, wrap and process through sterilizers/autoclaves
- Routinely tests effectiveness of sterilizers and records outcomes
- At all times, handle instruments and scopes as if they are intended to last a lifetime
- Ensures supplies are always on hand to perform functions of the sterilization lab
- Assist in the maintenance of the physician’s preference cards, relative to required instruments and supplies
- Has knowledge and understanding of hospital system policies, including but not limited to, safety, infection control and risk management policies and procedures
- Is knowledgeable and adheres to regulatory requirements (CDC and State) and accreditation standards
- Cultivates a cohesive work environment by supporting and working effectively with teammates, both clinical and non-clinical; promotes teamwork and willing to assist where needed to ensure a smooth work day for all
• Other duties as assigned
- Previous experience in Sterile Supply required
- Surgical Technician training or experience preferred
- High school diploma or equivalent
- CBSPD – Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician
- IAHCSMM - Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
- American Heart Association Healthcare provider course with Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required to be initially completed with the TH Organizational Development Office within 30 calendar days of hire date (exceptions to obtain certification from a provider other than the TH Organizational Development Office are approved by TH Organizational development on a case by case basis). BLS Recertification is required every two (2) years.
- Requires the use of computers, EMR software
- Ability to make sound, reasonable decisions
- Demonstrates accountability, professionalism, openness, receptiveness to change
- Ability to identify and calmly handle inherently stressful situations with tact
- Highly organized with ability to concentrate on many detailed requests despite numerous interruptions
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Ability to develop excellent working relationships with physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff
Physical Requirements: Medium Physical Agility Test (PAT) Rating
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently (activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) required to stand, sit, and walk; occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) to use hands, fingers; and frequently to talk or hear. The employee must exert 20 to 35 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 15 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
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.