Position Details

Department: Surgery East
Category: Surgery/Endo/SPD
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 517877
Date Posted: 7/1/2020
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

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.

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 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Assemble case carts accurately and indicate missing items in the pick list.
  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. High School Diploma or GED Required
2. Completion of an accredited CS/SPD Technician course OR 3 years experience in a central sterile department or surgical instrument room Required
Do you meet this requirement?
1. 3 years of experience in a central sterile department or surgical instrument room Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. National certification as CSPD Technician from CBSPD or certification as a CRCST from IAHCSMM. Required
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 - Climbing Frequently
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Frequently
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Constantly
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Constantly
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching Constantly
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting Occasionally
8. Physical Requirement - Standing Constantly
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Frequently
10. Physical Requirement - Talking Constantly
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Constantly
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Constantly
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Frequently
18. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance Occasionally
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Outdoor weather conditions Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
25. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure Applicable
26. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals Applicable
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