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Sterile Processing Tech

Lowry Surgery Center - Denver, Colorado

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Job Code: 27812-61370


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The Ambulatory Surgery Division operates over 100 ambulatory surgery centers’ across the U.S. Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) perform surgeries that do not require hospital admission. They provide cost-effective services and a convenient environment. Procedures are performed in a fully equipped operating room and recovery is under the care of highly skilled nurses. Whether young or old or somewhere in between, patients and their families benefit from the comfortable environment ASCs have to offer. Surgeries performed include eye, ear, nose and throat (ENT), general surgery, gynecologic, plastic surgery, podiatry and orthopedics. Apply Now! Come Join our Team!

GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Under the direction of a Clinical Manager the Certified Central Sterile Processing Tech contributes to the company’s mission and vision generally by assisting with the care of patients by providing properly cleaned, sterilized, highly disinfected instruments and supplies.

SUPERVISOR - Nurse Manager, Nurse Supervisor/Coordinator, or designee.

• Demonstrates knowledge related to maintenance, cleanliness, and sterilization of instruments and equipment. Maintains a sanitary environment for the provision of patient care.
• Demonstrates awareness of appropriate sterilization method needed for different instruments in accordance to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Demonstrates knowledge of high level disinfection and sterilization of endoscopy equipment. (Maintains daily log, testing for efficacy of disinfecting solution with each cycle, performs biological tests and completes log, as per facility policies).
• Monitors and records all test loads and sterilization cycles; reports any deviation from normal functioning to OR Coordinator or Nurse Manager.
• Maintains accurate records for PM’s for equipment; reports any deviation from normal functioning to Nurse Manager.
• Maintains accurate log for equipment out for repair.
• Receives all soiled instrumentation and implements the appropriate decontamination process per manufacturer instructions.
• Practices Standards Precautions.
• Utilizes required Personal Protective Equipment.
• Prepares the Decontamination and Clean room with supplies and equipment needed.
• Reprocesses instrumentation for sterilization.
• Tests operational efficiency of Instrumentation prior to reprocessing and reports problems to Nurse Manager.
• Wraps trays and individual items according to established policy/procedure. Labels each item with name and expiration date.
• Monitors all instrumentation for proper sterilization prior to releasing for use.
• Places Sterilized instruments on appropriate shelving and rotates accordingly.
• Prioritizes and Organizes instrumentation and equipment and supplies.
• Demonstrates appropriate aseptic techniques as indicated by interventions (hand hygiene, and equipment preparation).
• Implements manual cleaning cycle for autoclaves and Steris machines and other sterilizing/disinfecting machines.
• Performs required quality controls e.g. Bowie Dick, DART, Biological Monitoring, Disinfecting Solution Efficacy Testing, Test Strips.
• Maintains instruments/trays/scopes inventory.
• Anticipates special needs and selects required packs, instruments, supplies, sutures and equipment for specific cases.
• Understands concept of “short cycle” and it is appropriate to use to sterilize and/or disinfect instruments for immediate use.
• Reviews schedule daily for case instrumentation needs; remains abreast of changes made in schedule.
• Transports clean and dirty instruments, per policy.
• Cleans GI treatment rooms between procedures and prepares rooms for next case as assigned.
• Checks for outdated sterile supplies and instruments and assists with reprocessing as needed.
• Maintains a clean and orderly central processing area (e.g. shelves, counters, equipment).
• Keeps open communication with Nurse Manager regarding all aspects of Central Sterile Supply operations; seeks guidance for all equipment/instrumentation purchasing, replacement and repair.
• Utilizes supplies and resources in a cost effective manner.
• Recognizes emergency situations and responds effectively in a calm and controlled manner.
• Appropriately handles the disposal of biohazardous materials.
• Restocks area daily, using appropriate par levels and daily stock sheets while utilizing facility resources appropriately and avoids wasteful practices.
• Spends appropriate time and energy on tasks and assignments based on the policies that are supportive of the Center’s goals and objectives.
• Functions independently according to job responsibilities and within scope of practice utilizing current standards of care.
• Takes personal initiative to maintain current BCLS, and other required certification (if indicated) current as defined by job role.
• Uses facility resources appropriately and avoids wasteful practices.
• Attends all mandatory in-services, staff meetings, and participates in emergency drills.
• Participates in the orientation of new employees.
• Completes annual competency and other required education as assigned.
• Maintains confidentiality of records and patient information at all times.
• Practices and adheres to the “Code of Conduct” philosophy and “Mission and Value Statement”.
• While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current Position, it is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, or working conditions associated with the job. Management reserves the right to revise the Position or require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances warrant (i.e. emergencies, changes in personnel or staffing, workload, rush jobs, or technical developments).

• Knowledge of Central Sterilization Reprocessing.
• Maintains current knowledge of advances and current trends in Surgical/GI/Endo procedures and techniques
• Knowledge of standards and recommended guidelines of Association of Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and American Society of Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP).
• Knowledge of current practice related to hand hygiene, aseptic and sterile technique.
• Knowledge of current practice of decontamination, high level disinfection and sterilization procedures.
• Demonstrates attention to detail by ensuring that all documentation is legible, complete, accurate, and factual.
• Knowledge of organizational policies, procedures, systems and objectives.
• Has knowledge of patient rights and strives to improve patient outcomes by respecting each patient’s cultural, psychosocial, and spiritual values.
• Knowledge of applicable regulatory, compliance, and accreditation standards and requirements.
• Possesses critical thinking skills.
• Demonstrates a willingness to listen to others and openly expresses respect for differing opinions.
• Demonstrates leadership, effective organizing, and planning skills.
• Effective problem solving skills to include data analysis and judgment to make effective decisions.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.
• High Impact Communication - Effective oral and written communication skills
• Computer Skills – Knowledge and basic use of computer skills.
• Maintains high level of confidentiality at all times.
• Ability to build trust and gain respect through effective team leadership and participation skills.

• Training in basic aseptic technique and sterile processing.
• Graduate of a Sterile Processing Program preferred.

• One year experience in surgical instrument sterilization processing; preferably in an acute care or ambulatory surgery center environment.

• Valid BCLS Certification upon employment***online certification not acceptable.
• Certification in Central Processing.

Technical Diploma

Last Edited: 05/23/2017

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