Position Details

Department: Sterile Processing
Category: Surgery/Endo/SPD
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 423652
Date Posted: 11/19/2018
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

The Sterile Instrument Technician provides a varity 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.

PCH Values

  • 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.

Position Duties

  1. Assures decontamination of instrumentation in accordance with manufactures recommendations and AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)standards.
    • Receives soiled case carts/ Bins and soiled instruments into the Decontamination area. Prioritizes instruments needed for turnaround
    • Handwashes or pre-soaks instruments in an enzymatic solution.
    • Changes chemicals for washers when indicated, assuring that the proper chemicals are used.
  2. Act as a liaison between the Operating Room and Sterile Processing to communicate the changes and needs for subsequent cases.
    • Maintains records for the sterilization logs.
    • Checks case carts/ Bins for needed items.
    • Returns unused items to the Sterile Processing Department.
    • Change out supply carts for operating room suites.(Main OR duty)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Assemble case carts accurately and indicate missing items in the pick list. (Main OR duty)
  6. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Completion of an accredited CS/SPD Technician course or one year sterile processing experience in a centralized department or surgical instrument room. Required
2. National certification as CSPD Technician from CBSPD or certification as a CRST from IAHCSMM. Preferred
3. High School diploma or equivalent. Required
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Three years sterile processing experience in a centralized department or surgical instrument room. Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. National certification as CSPD Technician from CBSPD or certification as a CRST from IAHCSMM. Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
Special Skills
1. Basic working knowledge of computers. Required
2. Able to comprehend written and verbal instructions. Required
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Frequently
2. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Frequently
3. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Reaching Constantly
6. Physical Requirement - Sitting Occasionally
7. Physical Requirement - Standing Constantly
8. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Frequently
9. Physical Requirement - Talking Constantly
10. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Occasionally
11. Physical Requirement - Walking Constantly
12. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Occasionally
16. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Frequently
17. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance Occasionally
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals Applicable
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