The Advanced Sterile Processing Technician is assigned full performance level duties responsible for decontamination, preparation, sterilization and distribution of surgical instruments, hospital instruments and medical equipment throughout the institution, utilizing infection control and safety practices during all phases of the process. Guides, mentors, and serves as a resource for Sterile Processing Technicians.
Education or Formal Training
High School diploma or equivalent preferred
Special Qualifications (Licensure, Registration, etc.)
Certification (CBSPD or IAHCSMM) required. Sterile Processing and Distribution Certification (CRCST), Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS), or Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD). Must currently hold a certification or agree to obtain within 1 year of employment.
A current certification must be maintained as a condition of continued employment.
Knowledge, Skill and Ability
Complete understanding of sterilization techniques.
Record keeping regarding ordering, expenditures, and maintenance of surgical instruments and SP supplies.
A preceptor and resource person for new employees and staff.
Identifies and meets educational needs.
Specialty surgical services with identification and understanding of surgical instruments and their care and use in surgical procedures.
Knowledge of equipment function sufficient to be able to determine operational adequacy and to distinguish between operator error and equipment malfunction.
Knowledge of applicable sanitary infection control and safety standards sufficient to be able to perform all assignments within the safety parameters.
Knowledge of unit and floor needs sufficient to be able to assemble and wrap appropriate instruments, supplies and equipment.
Knowledge of processes, procedures, quality assurance, chemicals and medical instruments sufficient to be able to decontaminate and sterilize equipment, supplies and instruments.
Skill in cleaning specialized equipment.
Is able to perform technical functions.
Have manual dexterity and fine motor coordination.
Ability to lift and move trays of instruments and patient care equipment, e.g., IV pumps, monitors, up to 30 pounds.
Is able to perform bending, lifting, and washing using decontamination processes, which will include instrument pans, bins, trays and carts of various sizes.
Have no physical limitations as to lifting trays of instruments (above the head), pushing, pulling carts from sterilizer, walking, and standing for duration of shift.
Must have good people skills and be able to operate well under pressure.
Must have good telephone manners and negotiation skills.
Computer skills and knowledge of inventory processes.
Service Excellence skills
Team Building/Concept Skills
Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills.
Able to proficiently use the Electronic Health Record, Word and Excel and SPM computer programs.
Able to provide information and follow-up regarding sterilizer load data.
1-2 years of experience working in a sterile processing department preferred.
Extensive experience with sterilization techniques, processing instrumentation as well as all other aspects involved with or pertaining to SPD.
Leadership experience preferred.
OR Tech experience preferred
Computer experience preferred
Inventory experience preferred
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED
Standard equipment including: computer, printers, scanners, telephone, washer/decontaminator, sonic cleaner, sterilizer (steam, plasma and ethylene oxide), instrument trays, and peel pouch machine, biological incubator. Purchasing forms, e.g., purchase orders, requisitions, packing slips, bills of lading, etc. Utilization of purchasing contracts.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
Physical working environment may include, but not limited to, any of the following hazards: high pressure steam, chemical, electrical, mechanical, biowaste, stress, back strain, body fluids, etc.
Environmental conditions may include, but not be limited to, variations in temperature, noise, odors, multi-stimuli, etc.
Pressure from high volume census to meet deadlines to obtain supplies from vendors.
Extensive people contact and interruptions.
Demonstrates Encore! behavioral standards.
Able to work closely within groups, one-on-one and independently.
Initiates and maintains a cooperative attitude and positive relationships with coworkers, customers, and vendors.
Supports and participates in hospital and departmental Lean process /quality activities.
Maintains required level of confidentiality.
Promotes a positive attitude and work environment.
Consults with and/or advises appropriate personnel of situations requiring follow up or attention.
SUPERVISORY DUTIES None
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides asset management and support of surgical instruments and trays belonging to or consigned to the facility, in accordance with the Department of Health, TJC, OSHA, CDC, AAMI and AORN standards
Operates all required equipment and machinery accurately and safely, prepares, assembles and sterilizes instruments and supplies according to parameters of sterilization. Maintains appropriate records, and monitors quality control and infection control standards.
Accurately handles and cares for instruments appropriately with examination for function, identification and assembly according to SPM and preparation for sterilization; retrieves malfunctioning instruments and ensures repairs are completed.
Correctly peel-packs supplies, instruments, wraps instruments for sterilization, inspects each instrument for use, function, completeness and cleanliness.
Ensures safe care to patients, staff and visitors; adheres to all BCH policies, procedures and standards. .
Promotes individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education and skills competency; supports department based goals with contribute to the success of the organization; serves as a preceptor, mentor and resource to less experiences staff.
Communicate with operating room personnel to provide required instruments.
Maintains records regarding maintenance of instrumentation and equipment. - xhjxSteril
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