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Sterile Processing Technician

The Central Processing Instrument Technician maintains recommended standards for set assembly, decontamination, inspection, containerizing and sterilization of surgical instruments. Performs sterilization, assembly and storage of medical supplies and equipment. Assists in maintaining consistent and continuous work flow, providing superior customer service to OR staff, surgeons, and equipment representatives. Understands safety hazards and use of equipment to prevent damage or harm to personnel and patients. He/she has the ability to function in assigned areas of POSC as directed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Decontaminates instruments, supplies and equipment according to established policies and procedures.
  • Cleans, assembles, wraps, containerizes, sterilizes and stores supplies/instrument trays as required and appropriate.
  • Coordinates with supervisor in order to maintain instrument sharpening/repair schedule for assigned service line instrumentation.
  • Performs biological and chemical monitoring in accordance with quality assurance standards.
  • Responsible for recordkeeping and maintenance of data for general scope of Central Processing Department.
  • Works with the Infection Prevention RN and Operations Manager in assuring compliance with/preparation for accreditation, licensure surveys and regulatory standard reviews (e.g., CMS, OSHA, AAAHC, etc.).
  • Reviews the daily surgical schedule OR staff and obtains instruments, supplies and equipment for scheduled and emergent procedures.
  • Understands and performs proper technique of equipment in assigned work area.
  • Appropriately handles the disposal of biohazardous materials.
  • Adheres to POSC procedures, policies, and standards.
  • Maintains area of Special Assignments.
  • Responsible for training new employees. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience

High school graduate or equivalent required.  Prior experience in Sterile Processing. Knowledge of AAMI standards.BLS certification required.This position requires involvement in preparation of State and AAAHC Surveys.  Requires involvement in POCSP’s Quality Improvement Program.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Sterile Processing Technician certification strongly preferred.


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