Cert Sterile Proces Technician
Qualifications EDUCATION: High school graduation or equivalent. EXPERIENCE: 2 years sterile processing technician experience preferred. LICENSE/CERT/REG: CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) certification. Must maintain 12 continuing education credits per year to maintain certification status. SKILLS: Thorough knowledge of aseptic technique, sterilization techniques, infection control requirements, basic knowledge of medical/surgical procedures and terminology. Strong customer service skills. Basic computer skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Primary Duties and Responsibilities Assembles with 100% accuracy all instrument trays, sets, kits and packs according to the prescribed manner using content lists or set recipe as a guide. Wraps packages and handles them according to the standard procedure. Scans trays/sets one at a time to avoid potential problem. Carefully inventory each tray/set according to the recipe or content lists. Validates containers/wrapped items to ensure all trays are properly prepared by initialing the load card/tape. This confirms filters, locks, indicators, count sheets and valve plates are in place. Marks items with the identifying data and distributes or stores in designated area. Consults with the supervisor, team leader or designee when unable to replace parts or when the equipment is deficient in the work area. Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations. Disassembles and cleans equipment such as suction machines, IV poles and monitors, and pumps using approved disinfectants, detergents, soaps and cleaners (if applicable). Reassembles equipment after cleaning and operates to test for proper functioning. Sets all inoperable equipment to the appropriate holding area for pick up for repair. Dispenses products requested for sterile and non-sterile equipment and supplies. Assigns priority to emergency requests and issues them to the requesting department according to department established procedure. Scans all items/products as appropriate prior to issuing to the department. Enforces/completes the SPD forms for documentation or tracking purposes. Maintains a clean and organized work areas and equipment at all times. Follow the routine schedules forcleaning and maintaining the equipment on regular basis as recommended by the manufacturer. Maintains a safe work environment by following the standards of cleaning and applying good aseptic techniques. Maintains and cleans the shelves and work areas at end of each shift. Applies aseptic techniques in daily work assignments. Performs general cleaning of the department surface areas, racks, shelves, all storage areas. Maintains certification to enhances professional growth and development- Participates in educational program- Participates in in-service meetings and workshops. Makes a visual inspections of the inventory to maintain adequate stock and supply levels. Works closely in maintaining appropriate inventory levels of stock. Assists in requisitioning / ordering of departmental supplies. Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts as required. Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams. Participates in the orientation of new associates to each work assignment area and to overall departmental operation. Accepts responsibility with great attitude. Provides feedback on the progress of the new personnel/students on regular basis. Performs biological and chemical monitoring. Performs the tests at the beginning of the shift or as often as needed. Records results in the appropriate log. Performs visible inspection of the sterilizers (sterrad, ETO and steam) and reports immediately to the Team Leader or Supervisor/Manager. Performs other duties as assigned. Process all contaminated instruments, supplies and equipment returned to decont area. Checks proper operation of the cart washer. U/S washers, Washer Decontaminators, dryer and dumb waiter on a daily Basis and reports malfunction to team leader./manager. Receives all completed case carts and attends/process trays received immediately. Prioritizes trays that need to be turnover with appropriate communication with the team leader and/ or designee. Receives/processes loaner trays following established standing procedure. Manually cleans the power tools, scopes and lenses and other delicate instruments. Maintains inventory of supplies in Decont area or notifies appropriate personnel. Maintains clean and orderly area at all times within shift. Performs leak test on all flexible endoscopes prior to cleaning and disinfecting according to established procedure. Performs water tests and records them accordingly on a daily basis if applicable. Performs routine cleaning of washers/decontaminators regularly as scheduled daily, by shift, weekly, biweekly or monthly. Sterilizes instruments, equipment, utensils and supplies using various types of sterilizers and aerators according to regulatory agencies. Properly loads autoclaves in the prescribed manner and sets controls to specified time and temperature according to materials and requirements of items being sterilized. Completes appropriate documentation records prior to sterilization. Reads, marks and initials autoclave printout to verify appropriate sterilization cycle and provides records for inspection. Inspects items sterilized prior to sending/receiving to the appropriate department or area to assure integrity of wrapped items and sterilization. Cleans the sterilizer strainer and rinse under running water until debris are removed daily and every shift or as often as needed. About MedStar Health MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. 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