Massachusetts General Hospital (GHC) - Danvers, MA

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General Overview

*** This position is for full-time days. The shift will be rotating however only within the time frame of 6 AM and 5:30 PM ***

Receiving oversight from the Team Leader in SPD, the tech works as a member of the SPD Team to complete all tasks and assignments in a cooperative manner. Ensures that the services provided meet the needs of the OR by completing work with an eye to customer service and the needs of others, by providing assistance to co-workers and by participating in service improvement.



Receives soiled, used and /or contaminated equipment, surgical instruments and supplies from the Operating Rooms, GI Endoscopy Rooms, and satellite areas. Disassembles and inspects the equipment and instruments for damage and overall cleanliness, setting aside rejects and prepares for cleaning and processing.

Performs duties which includes receiving, disassembling, inspecting, cleaning, sterilizing and assembling of materials processed in the department, wrapping kits, loading/unloading of sterilizer baskets, operation of sterilizers, picking of instrument sets for surgical cases.

Maintains logs of reprocessed instruments and equipment following standards for documentation.

Cleans used articles, which have been returned from patient areas by washing and drying them in accordance with established SPD procedures.

Checks and assists with maintaining sterile supply inventory for the OR and inventory for the SPD. Assists Materials Department with maintaining par levels of supplies and reordering.

Prints Preference Cards and picks supplies and instrumentation for case carts according to OR schedule for the day.

Is available to bring equipment/ instrumentation to the OR when requested by circulating nurse/ MD.

Mixes special detergent solution according to standard procedures for hand washing, ultrasonic/mechanical sanitizing and lubricating instruments

Contacts appropriate person if major repair work is needed on equipment within the department. Equipment includes steam sterilizers, washer / decontaminator, ultrasonic washer and dryers and endoscopic scope washer/ decontaminator.

Performs and documents all required department quality assurance indicators, including biological testing on all decontamination/ sterilization equipment..

Operates and maintains steam sterilizes and other mechanical equipment; monitors daily.

Customer Service Responsibilities

Conveys Compassion: Demonstrates awareness and shows sensitivity to others¿ needs.

Respectful of Others: Considers others¿ viewpoints and treats others with honesty, fairness and integrity. Speaks highly of the capabilities of the hospital and its staff.

Attentive to Others: Actively looks for ways to help customers by identifying and proposing appropriate solutions and/or services.

Collaborates with Others: Maintains cooperative working relationships and builds team identity. Promotes a friendly, cooperative climate within the department and hospital setting.

Accountable for Actions: Establishes a high degree of trust and credibility with others. Evokes confidence in character, abilities and truthfulness. Demonstrates efforts to succeed and excel. Guards patient privacy

Informative: Proactively shares information with others.

Adaptable to Others: Manages multiple demands, shifting priorities and rapid change. Adapts plans, behavior or approaches to fit major change situations.

Acts Professionally: Builds trust through reliability and authenticity. Demonstrates results-oriented behavior. Develops constructive, cooperative relationships with others.

Emotionally Self-Aware: Understands the implications of own emotions and manages appropriately.

Safety: Is aware of and adheres to safety measures for both patient
and staff.

Ambulatory Surgical Center Responsibilities

Contributes to the team philosophy of high quality performance and efficiency standards.

Works collaboratively with Surgeons and the Medical Director to accommodate their needs
and priorities in caring for the ambulatory surgical patient.


1-2 years experience in a Sterile Processing Department required.

Must be able to speak, read, write and understand medical terminology in order to follow written instructions and complete various forms and records regarding equipment¿s processing and preparation of equipment¿s.

Must be able to regularly lift up to 30 lbs., stoop, bend, pull, place and retrieve material.

Working Environment

Frequently works around mechanical equipment under noisy, humid conditions.

Frequently handles contaminated equipment with sharp cutting edges and broken glass.

Exposed to potential burns from hot steam lines, carts and packs. Exposed to potentially toxic chemicals. Adherence to safety precautions minimizes the risk of injury of over-exposure.