Central Supply Technician II
County of Santa Clara - San Jose, CA

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Under general supervision, with opportunity to make independent decisions, performs the duties of a Central Supply Technician II which include receiving, sorting, inspecting, cleaning, disinfecting, assembling, preparing, sterilizing, storing and issuing disposable and non-disposable supplies, instruments, and equipment.

This recruitment requires the submission of an online application. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must apply online at www.sccjobs.org. Computers are available at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 8th Floor, East Wing, San Jose, CA 95110, normal business hours, for applicants to apply online.

All applicants are required to complete the supplemental questionnaire. Applications received without the completion of the supplemental questionnaire will be rejected.

Submission of Certification as a Central Supply Technician, issued under the auspices of the California Central Service Association OR The National Institute for the Certification of Health Care Sterile Processing Distribution Personnel is required.

Benefit and Retirement information may vary from bargaining unit to bargaining unit. Due to changes in State Law, current pension provisions described in the union contracts are not automatically applied. Specific pension benefits for new hires who start on or after January 1, 2013 may be different than indicated in the union contracts.

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Typical Tasks:
  • Receives, inspects, sorts, disassembles, cleans, and disinfects individual instruments, instrument sets, and durable patient care equipment;
  • Assembles and tests instruments and durable patient care equipment, including rigid and flexible endoscopes, micro-surgical instrument sets, and powered instruments;
  • Inspects and tests operating telescopes, lenses, and cameras to ensure that these instruments perform appropriately.
  • Inspects, lubricates, and tests powered equipment to ensure that those instruments perform appropriately.
  • Inspects and tests micro-surgical instruments to ensure that those instruments perform appropriately.
  • Packages instruments, instrument sets, and durable patient care equipment for sterilization and/or storage in accordance with approved count sheets, including rigid and flexible endoscopes, micro-surgical instrument sets, and powered instruments;
  • Inspects instruments for defects, and tags them for repair, as applicable;
  • Sterilizes instruments, instrument sets, and durable patient care equipment in accordance with approved infection control policies and procedures;
  • Issues instruments, instrument sets, and durable patient care equipment in accordance with approved departmental policies and procedures;
  • Conducts biological and chemical tests of steam, ethylene oxide, peracetic acid, and low temperature sterilizers in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, and the recommendations of reviewing agencies;
  • Affixes load control labels to all items subjected to sterilization processes;
  • Provides complete records of all items that are subjected to sterilization processes;
  • Monitors and documents all mechanical phases of sterilization processes;
  • Picks supplies, instruments, and equipment for surgical case carts in accordance with approved preference lists, and issues case carts to the Surgical Services Department;
  • Evaluates sterilized instruments and instrument sets to ensure that criteria for event related sterility is maintained, and returns items to the Central Sterile Processing Department for reprocessing, as necessary;
  • Monitors, orders, and accounts for disposable and reusable inventory items;
  • Conducts rounds throughout the medical center to monitor and retrieve instruments, instrument sets, and durable patient care equipment;
  • Communicates with user departments regarding special instrument, equipment, or supply requirements;
  • Acts as the first point of contact for user departments regarding problems with instruments, equipment, or supplies;
  • Prepares and issues emergency case carts, supplies, equipment, and instruments on demand;
  • Issues medical and surgical supplies to out patients in accordance with established accounting policies and procedures;
  • Assists with maintaining a clean work environment by cleaning counters, sinks, and reprocessing equipment, according to predetermined schedules, with approved cleaning and disinfecting agents;
  • Conducts cycle counts of inventory asset locations;
  • Attends scheduled departmental meetings and in-service training classes;
  • Provides education and training to Central Supply Technician I positions for-both in service and certification preparation purposes;
  • Monitors work flow processes to establish responsibility and accountability for expensive surgical instrumentation, including rigid and flexible endoscopes, micro-surgical instrument sets, and powered equipment;
  • Performs related duties, as assigned.

Employment Standards:

Training, education and experience to be able to demonstrate success in the above typical tasks and the following knowledge and abilities. Certification as a Central Supply Technician, issued under the auspices of the California Central Service Association or The National Institute for the Certification of Health Care Sterile Processing Distribution Personnel.

Experience Note: Typically the successful applicant would have a high school diploma or the equivalent and two years experience in an acute care hospital Central Service or Surgical Services Department required. Must demonstrate competency in the recognition and care of all categories of surgical instrumentation, including rigid and flexible endoscopes, micro-surgical instrument sets, and powered instruments.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of infection control and aseptic technique;
  • Fundamentals of microbiology;
  • Medical terminology;
  • All categories of surgical supplies, equipment, and surgical instrumentation, including rigid and flexible endoscopes, micro-surgical instrument sets, and powered instruments;
  • Complex procedures in regards to assembling and testing instruments and durable patient care equipment, as well as packaging instruments, instrument sets, and durable patient care equipment for sterilization and/or storage in accordance with approved count sheets;
  • Basic knowledge of reviewing agency criteria (JCAHO and California Title XXII).
Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively with other medical staff personnel and the public;
  • Follow oral and written instructions and procedures;
  • Use independent judgment;
  • Keep records and prepare reports;
  • Work effectively under stress in emergency situations.
Physical Ability to:
  • Stand and walk for extensive periods of time;
  • Continuously bend, squat, and stoop to process instruments, supplies, and equipment required;
  • Lift instrument sets that weigh up to 17 pounds;
  • Demonstrate sufficient manual dexterity to process micro-surgical instruments;
  • Push and pull carts that weigh up to 100 pounts;
  • Have continuous, controlled exposure to gross contaminants (blood and body fluids);
  • Handle continuous, controlled exposure to hazardous commodities (cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing agents).

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