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Working As A Central Sterilization 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

  • $78,103

    Average Salary

What Does A Central Sterilization Technician Do At St. John Providence Health System

* Operates all sterilizing equipment following regulation directives.
* Assembles and maintains specific surgical instruments utilized throughout the facility.
* Inventories and reorders instruments and supplies.
* Performs all required quality assurance tests on equipment and maintains daily records.
* Distributes sterile and non-sterile supplies upon request or case cart requisition.
* Fills surgical case cart requisitions and operates cart lifts to provide instrumentation and surgical supplies used in the Operating Room.
* Sorts and inspects all instrumentation for cleanliness, proper function and breakage.
* Prepares items for terminal sterilization, high level and low level disinfection.
* Performs all other duties and projects as assigned

What Does A Central Sterilization Technician Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Receives, decontaminates, cleans, examines and sterilizes surgical items.
* Collects and receives dirty trays, equipment, and instruments.
* Decontaminates using appropriate processes as per policy.
* Assemble trays according to instrument lists.
* No trays are sterilized if incomplete.
* Prepares trays for sterilization including wrapping, insertion of proper indicators, documentation and labeling as per policy.
* Sterilizes trays and instruments in appropriate vessel according to manufacture instructions.
* Monitors sterilizer cycle to ensure that all parameters are met and properly documents the results in the sterilizer logbook.
* Delivers finished product to appropriate departments.
* Able to step up in Coordinator's role in absence of Coordinator.
* Follows procedures to ensure adherence to sterilization requirements, standards of conduct, cleanliness, technical accuracy, and safety regulations.
* Operates all sterilizers using proper safety techniques as per manufactures policy and procedures.
* Performs all necessary dart and biological test.
* Verifies that all biological test results are within requirements and logs results according to policy.
* Performs product recall in event of positive biological test results.
* Notifies all departments of recall.
* Ensures that sterilizers are repaired and operating properly before returning item to service.
* Maintains inventories of sterile and non-sterile supplies for continued operation of the unit.
* Inspects Sterile packages/trays for event related sterility.
* Maintains stock levels of supplies and equipment.
* Follows preventative maintenance programs in the Sterile Processing Department reports defective material or equipment and takes appropriate action to repair or replace items

What Does A Central Sterilization Technician Do At Haywood Regional Medical Center

* Maintain high standards for decontamination, inspection, wrapping, and sterilization of surgical instruments and medical equipment for Surgical Services and Ancillary Departments
* Perform and participate in the decontamination, inspection, cleaning
* and packaging of medical/surgical material to include, but
* not limited to, linen, instrument set reassembly, case cart setup and equipment according to established standards and procedures to ensure a sterile and functioning
* supply of materials.
* Instrument set transport and retrieval.
* Mindful of par levels and report to appropriate personnel
* Prepare trays for designated areas according to prescribed procedures.
* Wrap and/or package items for specified areas according to procedures
* prescribed for those designated areas.
* Assembles and maintains accurate peel pack inventory.
* Knowledgeable of steam, VHP (Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide), gas (EtO), and other methods of sterilization.
* Perform simple maintenance on equipment by use of the Bowie
* Dick test
* packs, cleaning of filters and drains and use of biological test packs.
* Working in conjunction with the customer staff to provide timely sterile products, trays, and case carts setup
* Maintain consistency and continuous product flow between the OR and Sterile Processing while practicing above average customer service
* Frequent lifting, bending, stooping, and exposure to body fluids will be involved
* Standing for long periods of time 8 hour shift, lifting up to 30lbs on a consistent basis
* Communicates effectively with customers; listens to customers' needs and takes immediate action to meet them
* Proactively develops and maintains technical knowledge in specialized area(s), remaining up-to-date on current trends and best practices
* Identifies opportunities to improve efficiency while providing flawless transactions
* Responsible for performing job duties in accordance with mission, vision and value
* Being on-call is required, holiday work is rotated
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Central Sterilization Technician Do At Ou Medical Center

* Assembles and wraps instrument sets
* Ensures proper use of sterilized sonic cleaners and other related equipment
* Thoroughly inspects instruments to insure all instruments are clean and in good repair/working order prior to sterilization process
* Decontaminates instruments using proper chemical mixtures
* Tests, operates and loads autoclaves
* Maintains an inventory of sterile supplies, instrument sets and equipment
* Periodically checks sterile inventory in order to remove those items in which sterilization has expired or packaging has been compromised
* Resterilizes contaminated instrument sets

What Does A Central Sterilization Technician Do At Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville

* Completesposition responsibilities in a timely manner
* Demonstratesability to set priorities
* Hasknowledge of instruments and assembles properly
* Ensuresaccuracy and completeness of work performed
* Recognizesunsafe conditions of instruments or equipment and reports such conditions to theproper source
* Differentiatessterilization methods required fro specific instruments and equipment
* Understandsproper cleaning and sterilization techniques
* Maintainsaccurate records
* Coordinatesthe processing of instruments and instrument trays according to the O
* R. schedule
* Packagesand wraps instruments appropriately
* Maintainsthe work area throughout the shift
* Collectssoiled equipment from nursing units and delivers to decontamination area
* Cleans allequipment and carts according to standard procedures
* Replenished carts as needed

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Central Sterilization Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

63.3%

Male

35.6%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

Filipino

13.3%

Swedish

6.7%

Chinese

6.7%

Ukrainian

6.7%

Dakota

6.7%

Russian

6.7%
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Central Sterilization Technician Education

Schools

Purdue University

10.0%

Kirkwood Community College

8.3%

University of Iowa

8.3%

Houston Community College

6.7%

Community College of Allegheny County

6.7%

Ashford University Online

5.0%

Liberty University

5.0%

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

5.0%

Everest Institute

5.0%

Wake Technical Community College

5.0%

Athens Technical College

5.0%

Pima Community College

3.3%

Campbell University

3.3%

Gadsden State Community College

3.3%

Miller-Motte College-Wilmington

3.3%

Keene State College

3.3%

Savannah Technical College

3.3%

University of North Dakota

3.3%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

3.3%

Baker College

3.3%
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Majors

Medical Technician

20.3%

Nursing

12.3%

Medical Assisting Services

8.1%

Business

6.4%

Biology

6.4%

Psychology

5.9%

Health Care Administration

5.9%

General Studies

5.5%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Nursing Assistants

4.2%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

Human Services

2.5%

History

2.1%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Clinical Psychology

1.7%

Computer Science

1.3%

Automotive Technology

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

39.0%

Bachelors

21.1%

Associate

20.2%

Certificate

8.3%

Diploma

7.7%

Masters

1.7%

Doctorate

1.1%

License

0.9%
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Top Skills for A Central Sterilization Technician

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  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Instrument Trays
  3. Sterrad
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  • Prepared standard distribution carts containing prescribed assortment of supply items for specific surgical procedures or services.
  • Cleaned, disinfected and /or sterilized procedure trays and instrument trays accurately assembling according to established tray list (ABACUS).
  • Sterilize prepped packing using steam or sterrad machines.
  • Prepare instrumentation and equipment for use in the surgical setting utilizing techniques of decontamination, preparation, assembly, and sterilization.
  • Interacted with the Operating Room staff to help fulfill their needs

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