The Sterile Instrument Technician provides a variety of technical functions in compliance with policies and procedures of Perioperative Services, AORN, JCAHO, OSHA, and AAMI standards. The Sterile Instrument technician must have a working knowledge of decontamination, instrumentation, and sterilization.
- Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
- Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
- Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
- Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
- Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.
Assures decontamination of instrumentation in accordance with manufactures recommendations and AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)standards.
- Decontaminates, sorts, packages, and sterilizes instrumentation and equipment in accordance with manufacturers recommendations. Assembles and tests instrumentation to ensure proper functioning prior to sterilization. Determines when repair / replacement of instrumentation is needed.
- Provides appropriate sterilization indicators in packaging; documents parameters and outcomes of sterilization process.
- Coordinates decontamination process of instruments and equipment to ensure adequate availability for cases.
- Processes contaminated scopes according to manufacturers recommendations and departmental guidelines.
- Operates autoclaves, Steris and washer sterilizer, as appropriate to provide for timely availability of instruments and equipment for efficient departmental operations
- Handles and cares for instrumentation and equipment to prevent breakage and damage.
Act as a liaison between the Operating Room and Sterile Processing to communicate the changes and needs for subsequent cases.
- Actively participates in staff and team meetings. Assists in decision making to ensure complete and appropriate information is shared amongst patient care team.
- Maintains records of all sterilizers, biological and chemical monitoring of steam, and Steris sterilizers to ensure proper operation, sterility of instruments and supplies in accordance with regulatory recommendations.
- Maintains Bowie Dick, biological and chemical monitoring of sterilization in accordance with established policy to ensure daily incubator reads for positive and negative spore testing; institutes recall of instruments and supplies when necessary.
- Works in conjunction with management on appropriate selection of new equipment, supplies, and instrumentation.
- Provides flexibility in hours to meet the needs of the patients and the department.
- Prioritizes instruments needed for turnaround; assembles trays in order of importance.
Maintains effective communication to insure appropriate instrumentation is available for surgery.
- Checks operating room needs regularly.
- Assembles instruments in order of importance.
- Inspects all instruments for damage.
- Assembles and tests instrumentation to ensure proper functioning.
- Determine when repair/replacement are needed.
- Wrap instruments/sets in appropriate wrapper/container.
- Utilizes instrument tray inventory sheets for proper sorting and stringing of instruments and equipment to provide for efficient operations.
- Provides appropriate sterilization indicators within correct instrumentation packaging.
Sterilizes instruments and equipment according to manufacturers recommendations and AAMI standards.
- Perform all daily test and record results.
- Prepare label gun with correct date and Identification number and stamp each item to be sterilized.
- Document load items in Sterilization Log.
- Place sterilized items onto the appropriate shelf location.
- Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.