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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

  • $55,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At University of Utah Healthcare

* Prepares and sterilizes surgical instruments and supplies according to established procedures and techniques.
* Verifies that equipment functions properly, and verifies the repair or replacement of defective instruments.
* Sorts sets of instrument trays, and medical equipment and makes them available to sterile processing customers in a timely manner.
* Assembles special procedure trays, surgical instrument trays and case carts.
* Delivers sterilized supplies to, and retrieves used supplies and trays from hospital department and clinic locations.
* Inspects and ensures proper functioning of instruments and equipment; facilitates the replenishment of low, broken or missing items.
* Documents patient charges for the use of supplies and procedure trays

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At University of Virginia Health System

* Prepares and assembles surgical trays and equipment following established tray listings for issue, storage, or further processing (such as sterilization).
* Monitors, reads, documents, and interprets all parameters for all types of sterilizers to ensure proper function (ETO, Steam, Steris, and Sterrad).
* Cleans and decontaminates reusable equipment, instruments, and supplies, manually and mechanically (Hand Washing, Washer/Sterilizer, Ultrasonic Cleaner, Scope Washer, Cart Washer).
* Distributes all sterile and non-sterile supplies and medical equipment upon request or through case cart requisitions.
* Operates the departmental bar code system to maintain records for surgical trays and instruments received, processed, and distributed (SPM Tracking System

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At Surgery Care Affiliates

* The Sterile Processing Technician performs and participates in decontamination, cleaning, assembling, packaging, scanning, sterilization, storage, and distribution of reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment.
* Key Responsibilities:
* Decontaminates and sterilizes instruments, medical supplies, and equipment, and assembles, wraps, and sterilizes trays of instruments.
* Follows proper Standards Precautions while in decontamination and sterilization areas.
* Monitors biological and chemical wash solution to ensure quality and consistency for decontamination of instruments and medical equipment.
* Sorts mismatched sets of instruments, trays, and medical equipment and makes them available to sterile processing customers in a timely manner.
* Restocks, labels, and maintains inventory, submits requisitions, collects and distributes instruments, trays, and facility medical equipment.
* Performs environmental maintenance duties and assists in maintaining inventory levels in sterile processing, the operating room, and in equipment storage areas.
* Verifies that equipment functions properly, requisitions for equipment maintenance, repair or replacement, and removes defective equipment.
* Assists with maintaining established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, and quality improvement, safety, and environmental and infection control standards.
* Recognizes and anticipates the needs of the surgical team assuring instrument availability.
* Recognizes abnormal functioning of autoclave equipment, steris system, and notifies appropriate person or company regarding company.
* Reviews par levels of supplies and equipment, to ensure that the resources necessary for patient safety are available

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At Dartmouth-Hitchcock

* Conducts quality control checks on instrumentation for function, defects, breakage and overall general condition.· Assembles kits, sets, and packages per content/count sheet.
* Must be able to assemble General Surgery and Back Up instrumentation.· Works with the Team Leaders to communicate concerns regarding instrumentation.· Communicates content/count sheet and instrumentation discrepancies to CSR Leaders.· Expands knowledge of specialty instrumentation and other services, learning the instruments of General Surgery and one additional service.· Assists in the rotation of stock and out of date supplies.
* Folds towels, restocks supplies, distributes supplies, and wraps basins.· Unloads instrument and cart washers, dries and puts away items.
* Reports any suspected equipment malfunctions to a Supervisor or Team Lead.
* Maintains knowledge and ability to operate all washers.· Assists the department with restocking supplies, clearing Decontam window, unloading Decontam elevator, replenishing racks, and breaking down of cases carts.· Replenishes trash carts to the OR.· Cleans and disinfects all equipment that comes from the floors, all endoscopes, and surgical instrumentation. · Performs other duties as required or assigned

What Does A Sterile Processing Technician Do At Grace

* Decontamination of surgical instruments following cases in the Operating Room.
* Assembly of instrument sets per count sheets in instrument tracking system.
* Load/run/unload sterilizers (Steam, Sterrad) and read biologicals as needed.
* Prepare trays for designated areas according to prescribed procedures.
* Wrap and/or package items for specified areas according to procedures prescribed for designated areas.
* Must be able to operate bar code instrument tracking system. (Does not apply to all entities) Work with Operating Room personnel to ensure specialty trays are handled in the prescribed manner.
* Dissemble, clean, assemble and test specialty instrumentation and equipment for proper functioning.
* Can differentiate between single-use and reusable items.
* Maintain inventory of supplies and materials to include documenting usage, issuing, receiving and reordering as assigned via computer. (Does not apply to all entities) Assist with teaching of new hires and work as resource person for other staff as well as other units in hospital

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Sterile Processing Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

62.8%

Male

34.8%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.7%

French

6.2%

Portuguese

3.7%

Filipino

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Tagalog

3.7%

Polish

2.5%

Swahili

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

German

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Romanian

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Hmong

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Italian

1.2%
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Sterile Processing Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Baker College

6.6%

Everest Institute

6.1%

Purdue University

6.1%

All American Career College

5.6%

Lansing Community College

5.1%

Houston Community College

5.1%

Kaplan University

5.1%

College of DuPage

4.6%

Dover Business College - Clifton

4.6%

Midlands Technical College

4.6%

Wake Technical Community College

4.6%

Saint Louis Community College

4.1%

McCann School of Business and Technology

4.1%

Star Career Academy - Philadelphia

4.1%

Macomb Community College

3.6%

Herzing University

3.6%

Columbus State Community College

3.6%

Sinclair Community College

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%
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Majors

Medical Technician

26.7%

Business

10.7%

Nursing

9.3%

Health Care Administration

8.7%

Medical Assisting Services

7.1%

Nursing Assistants

4.8%

General Studies

4.4%

Biology

4.0%

Psychology

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Dental Assisting

1.9%

Accounting

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.4%

Computer Science

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Communication

1.4%

Health Sciences And Services

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

38.0%

Associate

22.4%

Bachelors

18.2%

Certificate

10.8%

Diploma

5.3%

Masters

4.5%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Sterile Processing Technician

  1. Sterilize Instruments
  2. Surgical Procedures
  3. Sterrad
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Decontaminate, reassemble and sterilize instruments; Store instrument sets using universal precautions in accordance to standard policy and sterilization requirements.
  • Assisted the operating room personnel by sterilizing surgical instruments for surgical procedures.
  • Utilize sterrad sterilization, gas sterilization and steam sterilization to processes surgical items.
  • Coordinated closely with Operating Room Staff and personnel from Supply Chain Management to facilitate seamless collection and delivery of instruments.
  • Retrieve contaminated instruments from patient care areas for sterile processing.

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