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Working As A Central Service 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

  • $36,790

    Average Salary

What Does A Central Service Technician Do At Highmark Health

* Assures the proper functioning of all equipment utilized for sterilization through on going monitoring of mechanical, chemical and biological indicators used during sterilization cycle.
* Prepares linen, instruments, diagnostic trays, utensils and various supplies to ensure sterility at time of use.
* Conducts loading and operation of sterilizer to ensure proper penetration of sterilization agent.
* Provides accurate, complete case carts for OR cases.
* Verifies request forms to OR schedule and master slips.
* Examines, sorts, inspects, lubricates and assembles instrument sets.
* Assures the removal of bioburden through the decontamination of trays, instrument, needles and equipment by visually and manually inspecting items prior to sterilization.
* Removes malfunctioning items from service.
* Initiates and maintains proper documentation in relation to expiration dates, sterilizer and load numbers on items being sterilized.
* Includes sterilization records of all types.
* Ensures adequate supplies and materials are maintained in inventory for use in Central Service from storeroom and/or special request forms.
* Follows proper policy/procedure by wearing EO personal monitoring badges, calibrates electronic reader for self and maintenance staff and documents results.
* Prepares charge stickers, documents, dispenses and distributes sterile and non sterile supplies and equipment as requested by individual departments throughout the hospital.
* Maintains up to date knowledge of all CS procedures and techniques, safety regulations and universal precautions.
* Practices guest relations and participates in non-technical activities such as CQI.
* Assists in orientation of new personnel.
* Assumes all duties in decontamination area of CS and coverage for the decontamination workers.
* Integrates performance improvement principles into all aspects of job responsibilities.
* Integrates customer service excellence principles into all aspects of job responsibilities

What Does A Central Service Technician Do At City of Hope

* Responsible for rotating through and performing all supplies distribution functions.
* Transports patients to and from nursing units and ancillary departments, as requested.
* Transports supplies, medical records, x-rays, equipment, specimens, mail, reports, and other materials, in response to instruction or page.
* Maintains inventory supplies levels on patient/nursing units.
* Transports full and used medical gas cylinders.
* Maintains inventory of SPD Supply Storeroom as well as stocking of shelves and proper rotation of items.
* Sets up orthopedic frames following doctor's orders.
* Transports deceased to the morgue
* Releases deceased from morgue, as needed.
* Assures that all supply items are accurately charged.
* Responsible for maintaining par levels on crash carts and disaster cart on a scheduled basis, as well as, after each use.
* Responsible for cleaning of equipment (IV Pumps, Sequential etc.) to ensure sanitation.
* Responsible for accurate assembly of intubation trays as well as other trays and kits.
* Assesses supply utilization and recommends changes in stock level to supervisor

What Does A Central Service Technician Do At The Christ Hospital Health Network

* Disassembles, cleans, and disinfects instruments and equipment used for patient care utilizing correct manual and mechanical processes.
* Operates equipment used in the decontamination process, i.e. sonic washer, cart washers, washer sterilizers and decontaminators.
* Transports case carts from soiled holding area in surgery to decontamination room.
* Unloads case cart containing soiled instruments and places in designated area.
* Places case carts in cart washer.
* Performs cleaning tasks in work area as assigned.
* Uses universal precautions when working in decontamination area (i.e., gloves, face shields, protective gown).
* Utilizes SPM computer system to track instruments and case carts.
* Makes rounds throughout the facility to retrieve reusable instruments and equipment and transports back to Central Service.
* Unloads instruments from washer sterilizers and distributes to appropriate workstations.
* Assembles selected instrument trays and packs (basins, peel packs, small instrument sets) utilizing written instructions and proper protocol.
* Recognizes and memorizes a large variety of instruments.
* Applies sterilization wrappers properly to maintain the integrity of the contents.
* Utilizes heat sealer on packs as needed.
* Each item is identified correctly on the outside packaging of each item.
* Loads sterilizer carriage and transports trays to sterilization area.
* Surgical preference lists are obtained from computer to build case cart.
* Location of instruments and supplies are labeled to increase efficiency.
* Case carts are distributed to specified area.
* Procedural carts used in all patient care areas are restocked, stored, or returned to appropriate area.
* Fulfills requests from OR core areas when requested.
* Assists with one-on-one training of other associates.
* Responds to emergency codes when required.
* Follows instructions and departmental guidelines regarding sterility.
* Attends departmental-in-services and mandatory meetings.
* Knowledgeable of all areas in Central Service.
* Acts as a liaison between Central Service and all customers and communicates in a courteous manner.
* Makes effective use of time and is able to distinguish between low and high priority activities

What Does A Central Service Technician Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Performs all competencies listed in Job Specific Competency Checklist for Central Service Technician.
* Realizing that sterility is an absolute necessity, uses the utmost care with sterilizing, packaging, maintaining and delivery sterilized supplies.
* a) An attest is run with each gas sterilization load and appropriate testing and record keeping done.
* b) A sterilization log is maintained for each load and each item is properly identified.
* Sterilization records are filed daily.
* c) Will ensure that all items are properly packaged according to established procedures.
* d) Loads and unloads sterilizers according to established procedures.
* e) Delivers items to proper departments daily, anticipating the needs of the departments as indicated by the census, etc
* Makes supply rounds promptly and willingly respond to stat requests within three minutes.
* f) Is conscientious in maintaining stored supplies, ensuring they are in the proper environment and routinely checks for outdated supplies, updating as indicated.
* g) Biological monitoring is done occasionally to policy and procedures.
* h) Understands infection control and decontamination procedures and handles contaminated supplies accordingly.
* i) Wears proper attire in the decontamination area at all times.
* j) Wears proper attire in the clean central service area and operating room area at all times.
* k) Keeps the decontamination area at its utmost of cleanliness at all times.
* The supplies and equipment used in central service and the operating room are conscientiously monitored and maintained.
* a) Maintains the stock levels, ordering supplies as needed.
* b) Counts and refills operating room and central service shelves daily, ordering supplies as needed.
* c) Ensures the proper maintenance of equipment stored in the central service.
* Sends repair requests as needed.
* Communicates with the Director of Operative Services about equipment breakdown.
* d) Completes central service charges daily

What Does A Central Service Technician Do At NYU Medical Center

* Assumes responsibility for department on the weekend or in the absence of supervisory personnel.
* Determines work activities at each work area, nothing precedence, and delegates work assignment to staff accordingly.
* Ensures smooth work flow-from return of soiled instruments carts, (through all processing phases).
* Show knowledge and skill in the disassembling and assembling components of specialty instruments for cleaning and sterilization.
* Cleans and decontaminates all reusable items from patients areas following appropriate guidelines.
* Handles high-level disinfectants in a safe manner.
* Prepares instruments for sterilization STERRAD & STEAM.
* Monitors the efficacy of the sterilizer daily cycle.
* Performs sterilizer monitoring with chemical and biological indicators.
* Operates all equipment-including steam gun, sonic machine, Washer/ Decontaminator Steam and Sterrad sterilizers.
* Cleans sterilizers when needed.
* Prepares all type of scopes for sterilization.
* Manually washes and disinfect heat and moisture sensitive and specialty items.
* Inspects and reports defective/damaged instruments to supervisor.
* Test instruments for proper function.
* Sees that trays/sets left back from previous shift are completed and returned to user in a timely manner.
* Shows knowledge of instrumentation.
* Is able to identify surgical case carts, labor & delivery, emergency trays/sets using computer pick sheet.
* Prepares and bags instruments for shipment.
* Understand the concept of event related shelf life, inspects and stores items without compromising the integrity of the sterile item.
* Has knowledge of Impress Instrument Tracking System.
* Assists with Continuous Quality Improvement teamwork for departmental problems solving activities-reports all problems to Supervisor

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  • Chinese

  • German

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Top Central Service Technician Skills

  1. Surgical Instruments
  2. Patient Care Equipment
  3. Medical Supplies
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  • Cleaned and processed surgical instruments trays and equipment.
  • Decontaminate and sterilize instrumentation and patient care equipment for OR and various hospital departments.
  • Distributed medical supplies to various hospital units.
  • Maintained and checked all delivery trucks for any damage.
  • Supported organized and efficient hospital operations as a central service technician.

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