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STERILE PROCESSING TECH I

Company: Covenant Health
Location: Knoxville
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Overview: Sterile Processing Tech - Sterile ProcessingFull time, 80 hours per pay periodPosition Summary:Under the direction of the SPD Manager, Coordinator, and/or Lead Technician, the SPD Instrument Technician 1 will be responsible for the proper decontamination, inspection, assembly and sterilization of surgical instruments. The SPD Instrument technician 1 will operate processing equipment such as washer automation, washer disinfectors, ultrasonic cleaners, cart washer, sterilizers. The technician will be proficient in instrument decontamination and assembly and will be aware of the sterilization methods available and which method is appropriate in correlation with the devices that are to be processed. The SPD Instrument Technician 1 will have computer skills, as it is essential to interface with the SPD instrument tracking system. Responsibilities: Decontaminates surgical instruments according to manufacturers instructions or advised by the department leader. Will operate all decontamination equipment including washer disinfectors, ultrasonic cleaners, cart washer, and automatic endoscope reprocessor (AER). Inspects instruments after decontamination, ensuring all items are clean, intact, functional, and accounted for. Assembles trays in a manner that ensures devise sterility as well as presenting a tray that is easy for the end user to access for use. Uses count sheets to ensure trays are assembled accurately. Interfaces with the instrument tracking system for all functions of processing. Packages or containerizes instrument sets according to manufacturers guidelines and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards. Packages in a neat and proper technique ensuring easy, aseptic opening in the operating room. Loads sterilizer carts in a way to ensure packaged items are not punctured or compromised, loads containers and wrapped goods as recommended. Runs daily sterilizer tests on all steam and low temperature sterilizers. Operates sterilizer according to manufacturers instruction, ensuring load biological monitoring. Documents all load contents, interfaces load to tracking system, loads cycle confirming correct parameters, monitors sterilizer to tracking system information, and records all pertinent information (biological, mechanical, and chemical).Unloads sterilizers, ensuring items are not compromised, and stores in correct location according to tracking system storage locations. Follows endoscope manufacturers processing instructions and accepted standards/ guidelines. Responsible for the cleanliness of the department and all processing equipment. Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested. Performs other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Minimum Education: None specified; will accept any combination of formal education and/or prior work experience sufficient to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and ability needed to perform the essential tasks of the job, typically such as would be equivalent to a high school diploma or GED. Preference may be given to individuals possessing a HS diploma or GEDMinimum Experience: Prefer prior Sterile Processing Department, Operating Room support and/or prior details-oriented assembly experience. Basic computer skills. Ability to use the SPM instrument tracking computerized system. Licensure Requirement: If hired into this position after January 1, 2017, must take and pass an accepted Central Processing exam through either IAHCSMM (International Association for Healthcare Material Management) as a Certified Registered Sterile Processing Technician (CRCST) or through CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing Technicians) as a Certified Sterile Processing Distribution Technician (CSPDT) within 2 years of entry-level employment in the position.If hired into this position before January 1, 2017, must complete a minimum of 10 continuing education credits annually in areas related to sterile processing.

Keywords: Covenant Health, Knoxville , STERILE PROCESSING TECH I, Other , Knoxville, Tennessee

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