Surgical Services - Baystate Health
Category(s): Allied Health Clinical Professional, Surgical Services
Full Time / Part Time: Part-Time
The Sterile Processing Technician performs a variety of functions from decontamination of bio-hazardous material, to cleaning, inspection, assembly, and sterilization of various instruments and equipment according to manufacturer's instruction and/or hospital protocol. The decontamination process requires application of knowledge regarding infection control and safety. Decontamination utilizes automated processors and manual methods. The inspection process requires attention to detail in the visual inspection of instruments and equipment after cleaning and before assembly. In the assembly process, the technician is responsible and accountable for correct assembly of instrument kits, therefore knowledge of surgical instrumentation is necessary. The sterilization process includes operation of steam, ethylene oxide, and low temperature gas plasma sterilizers according to policies and/or manufacturer's instructions.
Strict adherence to sterilization parameters and accurate documentation of all the parameters associated with the sterilization process is required. Quality indicators for all aspects of sterile processing are required to provide our customers with sterile, accurately assembled kits and case carts for surgical procedures. These quality checks include biological and chemical monitoring of sterilization processes and review of all processing records for compliance.
The Sterile Processing Technician must have the ability to prioritize work assignments, work in a fast-paced environment and interact with peers, nurses, physicians and other health care professionals. Maintenance of a clean, organized work area is essential for work flow. All Sterile Processing staff are responsible for the inspection of sterile goods for package integrity and expiration date. Various other clerical duties are performed in addition to the previously mentioned documentation.
The sterile processing technician level II meets all requirements of level I job skills and requirements to be advanced to the level II. The level II technician demonstrates proficiency in sterile processing knowledge and is able to reference and apply the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards. The level II technician is responsible for mentoring level I technicians and assisting with educational in-servicing. The sterile processing technician II is capable of taking responsibility of charge duties. The level II technician contributes to patient safety by identifying and participating in system quality improvement initiatives.
The level II technician is knowledgeable of hospital policies and protocols and can reference AAMI, Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) and BHS standards as they pertain to the Sterile Processing Department.
1) Demonstrates proficient knowledge and application of sterilization standards and practices.
2) Proficient in assembly of all specialty trays utilizing reference materials.
3) Demonstrates a proficient level in establishing work priorities to meet the demands of our customers.
4) Demonstrates success in preempting and mentoring level I sterile processing technicians.
5) Assists in the planning and provision of educational in-services.
6) Capable of assuming responsibilities of charge role.
7) Utilizes critical thinking skills in the management of equipment malfunction and collaborates with management and clinical engineering for resolution.
8) Demonstrates a commitment to Organizational Service Standards and Operating Principles: Trust, Respect, Integrity, Communication and Collaboration,
9) Participates and contributes to quality improvement by participating in audits and identifying recommendations for improvements
10) Communicates operational and/or procedural changes to assigned staff verbally and/or by utilizing shift reports and bulletin board updates.
Required Work Experience:
1) 1 year experience in the sterile processing department or entry level surgical technician
Preferred Work Experience:
1) None Listed
Skills and Competencies:
1) Proficient in computer skills, medical terminology
2) Completes appropriate orientation, 8-12 weeks
3) Ability to perform essential functions within the following Sterile Processing areas: Decontamination area, prep and packaging, sterilization
4) Web based training, and hand hygiene
5) Ability to mentor and assist in educational in servicing
6) Ability to assume charge role responsibilities
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Certified Sterile Processing Technician – Other
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