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Working As A Sterile 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 Sterile Processing Technician Do At Community Health Systems

* Maintain the surgical suites and GI Laboratory by terminal cleaning and general housekeeping duties.
* Assist the sterile processing department in decontaminate, cleaning, preparing and processing surgical instrumentation for procedures.
* Complies with governmental guidelines for processing of sterile instrumentation.
* Follows QA checks on sterilizing equipment
* Assist with inventory control.
* Performs all other duties as assigned.
* We offer a competitive benefit package of Medical, Dental and Vision plans.
* K, Education Assistance, Paid Time Off / Sick Leave and much more!
* Qualifications
* High school diploma or equivalent
* Graduate from an accredited surgical technician school is a preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skill can be acquired
* Minimum 1 year experience is preferred in an acute care setting

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Use department standard practices and methods to clean, assemble and sterilize equipment, instrument and supplies.
* Properly disassemble, clean and/or decontaminate instrumentation and equipment according to manufacturer recommendations, AAMI standards and department standard practices; responsible for proper use and discard of chemicals used.
* Assemble procedure trays, instrument sets, specialty instrument set ups, crash carts, transport cradles and equipment.
* Responsible for verifying and completing all sterilization controls and Biological and Control Indicators.
* Works closely with the Surgical Suites department by providing instrument sets and supplies, managing ad hoc instrument and supply needs, answering calls/requests, assembling/delivering case carts as needed, and maintains inventory instrumentation and supplies using computer programs such as Epic and Censitrac; communicate inventory needs with the department coordinator or the department buyer.
* Operates steam and sterrad sterilizers.
* Access data from Epic to print surgical schedule and pick lists; replenish supplies as they become available.
* Develops and utilizes knowledge of appropriate substitute instruments.
* Follows department procedures for reporting equipment in need of repair; notifies the proper department and/or specific service representative when equipment malfunctions (i.e. Clinical Engineering, IT, Maintenance, EVS or Plant Services) and completes follow up with department staff & department(s) affected when equipment malfunctions.
* Prioritize needs and tasks based on work load of each day based on the needs of department customers; complete the priorities of each area prior to shift end or communicate tasks to oncoming shifts

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At Catholic Health Initiatives

* Collects and decontaminates and cleans reusable equipment and/or supplies and associated storage units in accordance with department, manufacturer, and OSHA standards.
* Assembles instruments, complex instrument sets, and other surgical items and kits by selecting the appropriate items, trays, instruments, and arrange them in the correct manner permitting effective sterilization using existing standard operating procedures and surgical case count sheets.
* Sterilizes equipment in accordance with department, manufacturer, and OSHA standards using different agents, which may include steam, hydrogen peroxide, paracetic acid, ethylene oxide, and glutaraldehyde.
* Performs periodic tests on autoclave effectiveness and maintains accurate sterilization records.
* Maintains supply area and inventory levels.
* Performs related duties as required.
* Qualifications

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Demonstrates knowledge related to maintenance, cleanliness, and sterilization of instruments and equipment.
* Maintains a sanitary environment for the provision of patient care.
* 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 OR Coordinator or Nurse Manager.
* Tests operational efficiency of Instrumentation prior to reprocessing and reports problems to OR Coordinator Nurse Manager.
* Monitors all instrumentation for proper sterilization prior to releasing for use.
* Performs required quality controls e.g.
* Bowie Dick, DART, Biological Monitoring, Disinfecting Solution Efficacy Testing, Test Strips.
* Understands concept of “short cycle” and it is appropriate to use to sterilize and/or disinfect instruments for immediate use

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At Lancaster General Health

* Participates in maintaining proper inventory levels of supplies and instruments in all areas of the department.
* Demonstrates respect and regard for the dignity of all patients, families, visitors, and fellow employees to ensure a professional, responsible and courteous environment.
* Promotes effective working relations and works effectively as part of a team inter and intra departmentally.
* Participates in departments Performance Improvement program by completing assigned PI studies and actively seeks opportunities for improvement.
* Maintains current knowledge and certification and pursues professional growth and development.
* Demonstrates a clear understanding of all sterilization control measures.
* Documentation is complete, accurate and presentable.
* Performs all assigned duties while in decontamination area.
* Demonstrates knowledge of techniques, procedures and correct use of protective precaution equipment.
* Maintains OSHA standards of care and guidelines.
* Performs all assigned duties while in the assembly and packaging area.
* Demonstrates ability to use the Instrument Tracking computer system for all trays for proper tracking and set preparation.
* Inspects, assembles, and wraps instrument sets according to policy and recommended procedures.
* Stocks all case carts for each surgical procedure.
* Initiates OR schedule, prints preference/pick tickets, and completes face sheet for each cart.
* Ensures each case cart is accurately filled and neatly arranged according to pick ticket.
* SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:** The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:
* Repair / loaner / missing equipment / instrument identification.
* Reports instrument/equipment malfunction to SPD shift leader.
* Takes responsibility, along with shift leader or coordinator, for ensuring that loaner sets are available and sterile as required.
* Report discrepancies, problems and concerns to management using proper chain of command.
* Demonstrates all computer applications accurately.
* Consistently follows Instrument Tracking system procedures for set/tray assembly.
* Consistently follows OR Preference card system procedures for preference/pick ticket lists.
* Other duties as assigned

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Sterile Processing Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    62.4%
  • Male

    35.3%
  • Unknown

    2.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.7%
  • Asian

    6.2%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    62.4%
  • French

    5.9%
  • Portuguese

    3.5%
  • Filipino

    3.5%
  • Russian

    3.5%
  • Tagalog

    3.5%
  • Polish

    2.4%
  • Swahili

    1.2%
  • Romanian

    1.2%
  • Vietnamese

    1.2%
  • German

    1.2%
  • Dakota

    1.2%
  • Ukrainian

    1.2%
  • Japanese

    1.2%
  • Amharic

    1.2%
  • Armenian

    1.2%
  • Hmong

    1.2%
  • Arabic

    1.2%
  • Mandarin

    1.2%
  • Italian

    1.2%
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Top Sterile Processing Technician Skills

  1. Surgery Cases
  2. Sterrad
  3. Sterilize Surgical Instruments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Communicated with surgery to accurately coordinate surgery supplies and equipment for surgery cases.
  • Operate maintain and evaluate the performance of autoclaves and sterrad.
  • Decontaminate soiled items received from a dedicated elevator, package and sterilize surgical instruments.
  • Remove contaminates utilizing varied sterilization techniques driving optimized quality control.
  • Decontaminated, assembled, and sterilized patient care equipment and surgical instruments.

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