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Become A Sterile Technician

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Working As A Sterile 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 Technician Do At Deans Staffing Solution Inc.

* Decontaminates and sterilizes instruments, medical supplies and equipment, and assembles, wraps and sterilizes trays of instruments.
* Follows proper Standard 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, crash carts, 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

What Does A Sterile Technician Do At U.S. Army Medical Command

* Receives, disassembles and inspects dental supplies, instruments and equipment.
* Selects appropriate methods for sterilizing, balancing time constraints with possible detrimental effects of quicker methods.
* Removes gross contamination, soil blood, tissue fragments, body fluids by utilizing both manual and mechanical cleaning methods, micro-biotical processes, and work practice controls (e.g. wiping, soaking, rinsing, scrubbing and operating ultrasonic cleaners and instrument washers).
* Tests operation of equipment on a daily basis for effectiveness of sterilization using chemical, mechanical, and biological monitoring systems.
* Compares test results with standard parameters (e.g. time, temperature and pressure) and takes appropriate corrective action when deviations exist.
* Troubleshoots and explains the proper use of the equipment and obtains needed repairs.
* Conducts periodic inventory of supplies, instruments and equipment and determine reordering needs.
* Fills request for items based on daily schedules or individual requisitions.
* Assists dentist with providing treatments to patients.
* Monitors patients to detect signs of shock or reactions to treatments.
* Provides training, mentoring and orientation to less experienced staff on dental sterilization techniques.
* Travel Required
* Not required
* Supervisory status
* No
* Who May Apply
* This job is open to…
* Status Candidates, VEOA, ICTAP, Schedule A
* Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.
* Job family (Series)
* Health Aid And Technician
* Requirements
* Help
* Requirements
* Conditions of Employment
* Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Expenses are NOT authorized
* Defense National Relocation Program will NOT be authorized

What Does A Sterile Technician Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Cleans contaminated instruments and trays using proper cleaning techniques that include knowledge of manufactures recommendations for care and handling.
* Uses proper attire and safety standards.
* Understands OSHA guidelines regarding body substance isolation.
* May clean and assemble vendor instrument sets/specialty instrument sets and maintain relationships with vendors
* Reprocesses vendor/specialty instrument sets and trays using advanced techniques.
* Operates complex washers utilizing proper quality and safety standards.
* Understands need for hand washing of micro instruments and electronic devices.
* Assembles and labels instruments for sterilization.
* Understands the differences between instruments and completes sets with minimal errors.
* Able to assemble sets from multiple services such as orthopedic, neuro, cardiothoracic, general surgery, ENT, urology, _gyn,_ and plastic surgery.
* Autoclaves items based on manufacture recommendations.
* Understand quality parameters for autoclave.
* Understands the operation of steam and _llll_ sterilizers.
* Review sterilizer output before releasing items for storage or use.
* Performs quality controls as required by regulatory bodies.
* Complete assembly of case carts with in time frames established with minimal errors.
* Monitor, assess needs and maintain department inventory.
* Acts as a teacher of his own job duties and responsibilities in staff orientation and development.
* Maintains the work area and hospital facilities and equipment to reduce potential injury to employees.
* Observes hospital/department/work unit policies, procedures, rules and standards.
* Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships.
* Approaches conflict in a constructive manner.
* Helps to identify problems, offers solutions and participates in their resolution.
* Demonstrates good customer/supplier relations and communicates with OR staff and physicians.
* Completes mandatory in-service requirements.
* Behaves in accordance with SJMH values of service, justice, mercy, human dignity and preferential option for the poor.
* Performs routine housekeeping chores, including but not limited to trash, soiled linen disposal, damp dusting, wiping 'down cupboard/cart shelving, sterilizer/washer interiors/exteriors/countertops and work surfaces.
* Performs related duties as required.
* Performs other duties as assigned._

What Does A Sterile Technician Do At Ascension Health

* Performs decontamination of soiled instruments, sterilization containers and equipment according to established protocols.
* Inspects instruments, equipment and containers to assure cleanliness and proper functioning.
* Corrects instrument sets according to current standards and established count sheets and/or instrument tracking systems.
* Maintains proper levels of inventory to ensure availability for case carts.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Sterile Technician Do At Sanford Health

* Full Time position 40 hours a week with Rotation of hours between 1030am and Midnight.
* Holiday and call rotation.
* Week day call as needed.
* Orientation will mostly be on rotation of day shift 0600
* and then moving to PM shift for final training

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Sterile Technician Career Paths

Sterile Technician
Office Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Hostess Service Representative Assistant Branch Manager
Branch Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sterile Processing Technician Surgical Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Orthodontic Assistant Clinical Coordinator Psychologist
Chief Of Service
8 Yearsyrs
Dental Hygienist Adjunct Faculty Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Dental Hygienist Program Director Deputy Director
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Dental Assistant Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sterile Processing Technician Processing Supervisor Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Dental Assistant Front Desk Coordinator Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Instructor Service Manager
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Hostess General Manager Owner/Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Front Desk Clerk Material Handler Supply Technician
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Sterile Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Dakota

  • Norwegian

  • Mandarin

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Top Sterile Technician Skills

  1. Reusable Surgical Instrumentation
  2. Dental Instruments
  3. Instrument Sterilization
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Sterilized and disinfected dental instruments using American Dental Association protocol.
  • Performed instrument sterilization and equipment maintenance of autoclave.
  • Operated steam autoclaves for sterilizing instruments according to OSHA guidelines.
  • Utilized universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling supplies and equipment.
  • Organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies.

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