Job Summary Performs efficient and meticulous decontamination/sterilization of surgical instruments and equipment, as well as inspecting and assembling surgical instruments, equipment, trays, and packs according to prescribed protocols and industry standards for aseptic technique. Depending on assigned hospital, incumbents rotate assignments among various decontamination sterilization processing, surgical tray assembly, supply and distribution functions in a continually changing medical and surgical facility. Work also includes: 1) tray assembly, 2) assisting in recordkeeping and monitoring equipment operations, 3) maintaining department inventory and 4) identifying and reporting supply, equipment, and procedure problems and 5) dispensing equipment and supplies. Incumbents are also accountable for demonstrating awareness of personal and work area safety at all times; using evidence-based practices (EBP) and complying with facility safety policies and procedures in carrying out duties including those for blood borne pathogens and communicable diseases and; keeping knowledge current on aseptic techniques and basic microbiology sufficient to understand the ways diseases and infections are transmitted and the importance of clean and sterile supplies in patient care; attending training in new and improved sterilization practices and developments in the microbiology, bacteriology, and therapeutic practices as they affect the sterile supply operation.
Essential Functions Collects and decontaminates and cleans reusable equipment and/or supplies and associated storage units in accordance with department, manufacturer, and OSHA standards. Â· Collects, clean/decontaminates, checks, distributes, and tracks patient care equipment. Â· Inspects, disassembles sorts, cleans, and processes reusable instrumentation and equipment; selects and operates specialized cleaning equipment; follows manufacturer recommendations for cleaning guidelines and proper use of cleaning agents. Â· Identifies, inspects, and assembles, all general and specialty instruments, various power equipment, laser and endoscopes instruments per specifications and manufacturer recommendations.
Assembles instruments, complex instrument sets, and other surgical items and kits by selecting the appropriate items, trays, instruments, and arrange them in the correct manner permitting effective sterilization using existing standard operating procedures and surgical case count sheets. Â· Processes complicated procedural sets such as the ear tray, vascular tray, orthopedic specialty, cataract, and lap-cholecystectomy sets and other sets containing very specific and complex instrumentation. Â· Inspects instruments for proper functioning, scissors for sharpness, box locks for tightness, towel clamps and hemostats for proper functioning jaws, rough edges on ring handles, jaws, ratchets and shanks (burrs or nicks). Â· Ensures that all broken instruments are repaired and all dull instruments are sharpened properly in a timely fashion prior to submitting trays or instrument sets for sterilization.
Â· Produces an aesthetically organized, compact, logically arranged package, which is within the proper weight limits and is appropriate for assured sterilization. Â· Inspects and selects the appropriate wrapping materials and sterilization packaging. Sterilizes equipment in accordance with department, manufacturer, and OSHA standards using different agents, which may include steam, hydrogen peroxide, paracetic acid, ethylene oxide, and glutaraldehyde. Â· Selects the correct sterilizing method (steam, gas plasma, peracedic acid) according to the materials being processed and written manufacturer instructions.
Identifies items to be processed with a gaseous sterilant and adjust temperature and timing mechanisms in a manner that would allow circulation and permeation by sterilizing medium; selects and prepares packaging materials for the sterilization of reusable instrumentation. Â· Loads sterilization equipment in prescribed manner and set controls to specified time and temperature according to the type of items being sterilized. Â· Verifies that sterilization parameters are met before distribution of load; reviews and verifies sterilization equipment graph and sterilizer printout requirements have been met. Signs all sterilizer printouts to verify the proper sterilization time, temperature, pressure, humidity, and sterilant exposure.
PerfoPeforms periodic tests on autoclave effectiveness and maintains accurate sterilization records. Â· Check all autoclaves for proper working condition and correctly dated graphs. Â· Tests effectiveness of autoclaves by assembling and placing culture spore tests and total air removal tests in autoclaves. Â· Records biological spore test results, and, in the event of a positive culture, initiate the recall of supplies, notifies supervisor and appropriate individuals in the medical center according to policy.
Â· Reports malfunctioning equipment to appropriate department management. MaintMaintains supply area and inventory levels. Â· Makes visual inventory inspections of supply cabinets, storage shelves, and replenishes to appropriate stock levels based on area of assignment; utilizes basic computer skills to maintain accurate inventory of medical supplies. Â· Examines sterilization/expiration dates reporting inoperable equipment.
Performs related duties as required. QualificationsEducation / Work Experience High school diploma (or GED equivalent) and graduation from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management Course that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge skills/abilities and a minimum of two years of related work experience, preferably in an operating room, acute care hospital or central services department. License/Certification Current certification as a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) by the International Association of Health Care Central Service Material Management (IAHCCSMM) is required. Additional Responsibilities Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
Adheres to and exhibits our core values: Reverence: Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness. Compassion: Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.Excellence: Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality. Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times. Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.
Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members. Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community. Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers Job Materials Management/Supply Chain Primary Location WA-Federal Way-St Francis Hospital * Shift Part Time * Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 48 * Weekends Required Occasional * Status Part Time
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