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Sterile Processing Technician

Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur, IL
Tracking Code 2024-20655

Position Summary

Full-Time
Evening Shift

The Sterile Processing Tech position supports efficient and effective packaging, decontamination and handling of sterile medical products. Responsible for processing and reprocessing of reusable products as well as preparation of case cart. Knowledgeable in the storage, handling, and distribution of sterile medical products. Participates in activities to analyze and improve sterile processing performance and support safety. Manages supplies, instrumentation, instrumentation repairs and equipment repair activities. May assemble specialty trays in orthopedics and run sterilizers. The Sterile Processing Tech II also assists in training in the Sterile Processing department, acting as a resource to other members of the SP department as well as the OR.  

Highlights & Benefits

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Memorial Childcare
  • Mental Health Services
  • Growth Opportunities
  • Continuing Education
  • Local and National Discounts
  • Pet Insurance
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • 401(k)
  • Life Insurance and Voluntary Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program and Colleague Wellness
  • Adoption Assistance

Required Skills

  1. Performs cleaning, inspection and protective measures after instrumentation use to ensure proper operation. Promptly identifies any defects and malfunctions. Takes proper steps in plan for repair or loaners from external vendors. Appropriately reports instrumentation and equipment removed from service for repair. Inspects items returned from repair prior to replacing into service.
  2. Consults with Manager, Sterile Processing or Sterile Processing Lead Technician to facilitate daily plan for instrumentation need and turnaround.
  1. Collaborates with instrument vendors, nursing and equipment tech personnel to actively contribute to the instrumentation turnaround planned for specific surgical cases are available and prepared for use.
  1. Demonstrates competence in the use of decontamination equipment, flash/container sterilization and implements instrument sterilization.
  1. Examines the surgical environment for conditions that pose a safety risk and takes action to minimize risk.
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of surgical instrumentation providing a resource for nursing staff and equipment techs.
  1. Verbally and nonverbally demonstrates a willingness to support organizational change and assists with the development of a plan to accomplish change. Functions to support a culture of teamwork and safety. 
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of surgical attire, aseptic technique, event-related sterility, monitoring of environmental conditions, traffic patterns and other practices influencing maintenance of a sterile field.
  1. Demonstrates compliance with safety principles. Recognizes and reports unsafe conditions and contributes to their resolution.  Demonstrates knowledge of fire safety and evacuation routes.
  1. Handles floor stock medications or medications delivered from pharmacy directly or through the pneumatic tube system. Relocates these medications, in original containers, to designated secure storage locations or delivers to appropriate licensed staff.
  1. Performs other related work as required or requested.

 

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Required Experience

Education:

Graduation from high school or the equivalent is required.   

Licensure/Certification/Registry:

Certification as a Central Service Technician preferred within 18 months.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 12 months of central sterile processing experience or surgical technician experience required or
  • Successful completion of orientation programs and competency requirements required within four months of hire.

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrates competence in the use of decontamination equipment, flash/container sterilization and the implementation of instrument sterilization.
  • Knowledgeable in the storage, handling and distribution of sterile medical products.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of surgical instrumentation and can serve as a resource for nursing staff and equipment techs.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of surgical attire, aseptic techniques, event-related sterility, monitoring of environmental conditions, traffic patterns and other practices influencing maintenance of a sterile filed.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of fire safety and evacuation routes.
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic proficiency with personal computers and their associated applications.
  • Possess the ability to regularly lift, push and pull up to 50 pounds.
  • Demonstrates the ability to multi-task autonomously while working on multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrates creativity, flexibility and the ability to resolve atypical problems
Decatur, IL

Sandra Dunn

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