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Working As A Central Processing Technician

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Processing Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $33,330

    Average Salary

What Does A Central Processing Technician Do At Highmark Health

* Transports soiled equipment and performs decontamination and disinfection functions utilizing automated equipment and manual cleaning. (30%)
* Appropriately operates sterilizers in a manner consistent with regulatory requirements and manufacturer's recommendations. (30%)
* Inspects, audits, and assembles surgical instrument sets and medical devices utilized in the Operating Room and other patient care areas of the hospital.
* Assembles surgical case carts accurately and efficiently. (30%)
* Processes requests for patient care equipment received via computerized system and by telephone. (5%)
* May contact outside vendors for delivery of rental patient care equipment. (5%)
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does A Central Processing Technician Do At Munson Healthcare

* Receive, clean/decontaminate, inspect, sort, disassemble, reassemble, wrap, package and process a wide variety of instruments, instrument sets and equipment.
* Test equipment for proper functioning.
* De-lint, inspect, fold, wrap, process and store a variety of laundered linen.
* Label, date, initial and process goods using established sterilizing procedures.
* Knowledgeable of all patient equipment and supplies in the department.
* Maintain adequate inventory of sterile and non-sterile supplies.
* Complete daily work reports and logs, sterilization records, and monitor charts and tapes from sterilizers.
* Operate all processing machinery: Ultra-sonic cleaning machine, ETO sterilizer and aerators, washer-sterilizers, gravity displacement sterilizer, Sterrad units, vacuum sterilizers, steam cleaner, heat sealers, and cart washer.
* Pick up used supplies and equipment within the hospital.
* Maintain the safety and cleanliness of the department on a daily basis.
* Perform daily maintenance on cleaning and sterilizing equipment placed within the department.
* Set up case carts for surgical procedures on a routine and emergency basis.
* Keep current with technological changes.
* Activities controlled by C
* P.D. guidelines; by established policies and procedures or by instructions from the department manager.
* Must be able to function under stressful conditions in a closed unit with interruptions and time pressures.
* Exercises courtesy, pleasantness and tact in dealing with co-workers and other hospital personnel.
* Subject to disagreeable odors and noises.
* Subjected to potential hazards of ETO, hot moving machinery and equipment, pathogenic organisms, detergents and cleaning solutions; moist and humid conditions.
* Delegated by the Director of Surgical Services the ability to stock non-controlled medications in CPD, place in specified trays and deliver the trays to the nursing units.
* Performs all other duties as

What Does A Central Processing Technician Do At Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency

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* Collect, receive, and decontaminate soiled medical instruments and re-processable items
* Correctly identify, disassemble, reassemble, and inspect routine and specialty surgical instrument trays
* Fill and distribute rush, stat, and walk in requests for sterile supplies
* Sort inspect, assemble package, and label re-processable items for sterile supplies
* Sterilize packs, trays instruments, equipment, liquids, and other re-processable items from nursing stations, clinics, and operating rooms
* High level disinfection of complex scopes
* Dispose of waste and soiled linen
* Clean, check and/or operate equipment that is used for the reprocessing supplies (washer, sterilizer, steam and gas sterilizers, aerators, sonic cleaners, and pasteurizer washer)
* Retrieves unused sterile supplies and instrumentation from the operating room after procedures and returns them to stock on shelves in the sterile processing area
* Performs manual cleaning of case cart
* Performs sterilization/ decontamination procedures in accordance with departmental protocols, regulatory guidelines, and industry standards as outlined in department procedures
* Inspects, assembles, and packages items according to departmental procedures and accepted industry standards
* Initiates and performs sterilization quality assurance processes, interprets quality assurance results, and documents those results in accordance with Joint Commission, departmental procedures and accepted industry standards
* Fills supply, instrument, and equipment requests, both routine and non-routine, according to departmental procedures.
* Organizes and maintains records pertinent to inventory management.
* Initiates ordering and charging mechanisms as required
* Maintains department records, logs, reports, and files as required by Joint Commission, OSHA, HCMC, and CPD departmental policy
* Delivery and retrieval of clean and dirty instruments and equipment as needed/requested
* Operate, maintain and evaluate the performance of all steam and gas autoclaves as needed to comply with Joint Commission standards
* Restock the “alert orange” cart
* Keep work area neat and clean.
* Inventory, stock, and re-stock supplies, supply carts, trays, and make appropriate changes and charges
* Proficient in all areas – rotates and is cross trained in multiple areas
* Performs all other related duties as requested to meet departmental needs after appropriate training

What Does A Central Processing Technician Do At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

* Assembles specialty case carts as pick lists require, sends completed case carts to the OR, and returns unused supplies from the OR to proper inventory.
* Maintains adequate par levels of products both common stock and special order items in a cost-effective manner, rotate stock.
* Utilizes the communication book/board and shift reports as necessary to keep the staff current with changes, updates, etc.
* Monitors quality assurance of all items ready for sterilization for correct identifications and packaging to insure proper sterilization.
* Participates in maintaining a clean, healthy work environment and restocks work area supplies as needed.
* Utilizes Instrument Tracking System and Surgical Services Scheduling System (PIMS) as necessary.
* Assembles instrumentation for sterilization following the set/count instruction sheet.
* Set must be inspected for function, defects, cleanliness, and overall condition.
* Responsible for the returning of sterile supplies/instrumentation to the appropriate storage space in sterile/case cart assembly area, rotating as necessary.
* Assists in other areas of the department.
* Utilizes the communication book/board and shift reports as necessary to keep the staff current with changes, updates, etc.
* Maintains adequate supply levels of sterile stock that is prepared in CPD for the sterile storage/case cart assembly area.
* Responsible for the monitoring of all sterilization processes that affect the achievement of sterility the mechanical, chemical, and biological as well as procedures for lot control and traceability

What Does A Central Processing Technician Do At Munson Medical Center

Receive, clean/decontaminate, inspect, sort, disassemble, reassemble, wrap, package and process a wide variety of instruments, instrument sets and equipment

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Swedish

  • Ukrainian

  • Turkish

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Top Central Processing Technician Skills

  1. Surgical Instruments
  2. Surgery Department
  3. Lab Specimens
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Carried out the daily sterilization, decontamination, and preparation of surgical instruments.
  • Processed all lab specimens - Filed patients paper work - General clerical duties
  • Maintain inventory in all areas of Central Processing utilizing reordering system and putting stock away upon delivery.
  • Practice standard regulation for sterile processing.
  • Performed work in a technical support position involving sterile processing and dispensing of supplies and equipment needed for patient care.

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