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Position Details

Department: Sterile Processing
Category: Surgery/Endo/SPD
Location: Scottsdale
Posting #: 470321
Date Posted: 9/5/2019
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

The Lead Sterile Processing & Distribution Technician provides a variety of technical functions in the decontamination and sterilization of surgical instruments and other medical supplies in compliance with policies and procedures of Perioperative Services, AORN, JCAHO, OSHA, and AAMI standards. The Lead SPD Technician has additional responsibilities of overseeing the SPD department in conjunction with management as well as maintenance of records and ensuring equipment is in proper working order. This position is required to hold a national certification as noted in the job qualifications.

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. Decontaminates and sterilizes instruments.
    • Decontaminates, sorts, packages, and sterilizes instrumentation and equipment in accordance with manufacturers recommendations.
    • Provides appropriate sterilization indicators in packaging; documents parameters and outcomes of sterilization process.
    • Assembles and tests instrumentation and power to ensure proper functioning prior to sterilization.
    • 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.
  2. Oversees SPD department in conjunction with management.
    • 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.
  3. Acquires ongoing education regarding instrumentation and sterilization and relays pertinent updates to staff.
    • Participates in a variety of unit based and hospital sponsored educational programs to maintain skills and competencies.
    • Participates in operational and quality improvement initiatives; proactively evaluates systems, participates in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
    • Rotates, stores, and orders supplies as needed. Uses instrument tray sheets for proper sorting and stringing of instruments and to indicate missing items.
  4. 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.
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Education
1. High School diploma or equivalent Required
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Experience
1. Three (3) years of experience in CS/SPD Required
2. Surgical Technician experience Preferred
3. Lead or Supervisory experience Preferred
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Certifications/Licenses/Registries
1. National certification as CSPD Technician from CBSPD or certification as CRCST from IAHCSSM Required
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Frequently
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing Frequently
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Occasionally
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching Occasionally
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting Frequently
8. Physical Requirement - Standing Frequently
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Occasionally
10. Physical Requirement - Talking Occasionally
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking Frequently
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Frequently
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Occasionally
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Frequently
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Occasionally
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Frequently
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Confined areas Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals Applicable
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