The Sterile Processing & Distribution (SPD) Certified 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 SPD Certified Technician must have a working knowledge of decontamination, instrumentation, and sterilization, as well as a national certification as noted in the job qualifications.
- 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 is 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.
- Hand washes/pre-soaks instruments in an enzymatic solution.
- Changes chemicals for washers when indicated assuring the proper chemicals are used.
- Maintains records for sterilization.
Act as a liaison between the Operating Room and Sterile Processing to communicate the changes and needs for subsequent cases.
- Checks operating room needs regularly.
- Checks case carts/bins for needed items.
- Returns unused items to the Sterile Processing Department.
- Assists in assembling case carts.
- Assists in maintaining supplies in O.R.'s and clean core (Main O.R. duty)
Maintains effective communication to ensure appropriate instrumentation is available for surgery.
- Assemble instruments in order of importance.
- Inspects all instruments for damage.
- Assembles and tests instrumentation to ensure working properly.
- Determines when repair/replacement is needed.
- Wrap instruments/sets in appropriate manner.
- Utilize count sheets for proper sorting of instrumentation and equipment to provide for efficient procedures.
- Utilize 'Assembly Books' for proper peel packing of instrumentation for clinics/departments.
Sterilizes instruments and equipment according to manufactures IFU's and AAMI standards.
- Perform all daily tests and record results.
- Prepare label gun with correct date and identification number and stamp each item to be sterilized.
- Utilize Instrument tracking system for proper documentation.
- Place sterilized items onto the appropriate storage shelf.
- Assemble case carts accurately and indicate missing items in the pick list.
- Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.