Responsibile for performing and ensuring that all cleaning, decontamination, instrument tray assembly, sterilization and sterility monitoring processes are performed according to prescribed procedures and techniques. Functions independently to provide daily and “on-call” support to the Operating Room, OB, Surgi-Center, and ancillary patient areas.
1.Processes instrument trays/sets for OR/OB/Surgicenter, and ancillary departments in accordance with established quality standards which ensure patient safety and compliance with Joint Commission, OSHA, and State Regulatory Agency requirements. Includes delivery/pick-up, decontamination, washing, assembly, sterilization, and inspection functions.
2.Coordinates assignments and monitors Sterile Processing Technician performance and productivity on a daily basis for instrument tray delivery/pick-up, decontamination, washing, assembly, sterilization, and inspection functions performed in the Sterile Processing Department and OR/Surgicenter Sterile Processing areas.
3.Develops and submits monthly productivity reports to Sterile Processing Manager.
4.Processes, incubates, and interprets the results of biological indicators according to departmental and manufacturer protocols and documents results. Determines instrument/tray recall needs and reports to Sterile Processing Manager.
5.Functions as liaison between Sterile Processing and OR/OB/Surgicenter, and ancillary departments. Makes independent decisions relating to instrument tray/set problem resolution, staff assignments, and hours of work, as needed to meet the service standards of the Sterile Processing Department.
6.Reviews daily OR/OR/Surgicenter and ancillary department patient schedules with Sterile Processing Manager and coordinates staff completion of all instrument tray/set requirements.
7.Trains new employees in accordance with specified standards. Analyzes, performs, and documents “on-going” staff education/training programs.
8.Monitors staff performance and reports issues to Sterile Processing Manager. Provides input in staff hiring/evaluating/promoting/and termination processes. Monitors daily staff attendance records.
9.Performs and documents weekly Safety/Infection Prevention “rounds” in the Sterile Processing Department, and OR/Surgicenter Sterile Processing areas.
10.Assists Sterile Processing Manager in the implementation and monitoring of Quality Improvement plans for the Sterile Processing Department.
11. Responsible for the efficient operation of the Sterile Processing Department in the absence of the Sterile Processing Manager.
1.Performs other duties as assigned by the Sterile Processing Manager.
2. Functions independently and makes appropriate decisions to support OR/OB/ Surgicenter staff with all supply and sterilization needs during surgical procedures.
3.Analysis equipment/instrument needs and makes recommendations to Sterile Processing Manager. Independently purchases “supplies” as needed.
4.Assists Sterile Processing Manager in Annual Departmental Budget preparation and Monthly Budget Analysis.
Education: High School diploma required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred (Experience and/or technical knowledge of Sterile Processing may be used in lieu of degree.)
Licensures & Certifications: CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) is required through IAHCSMM (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management). Lead Sterile Processing Technicians with a CSPDT (Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician) certification through CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution) will need to transfer to the CRCST certification within 6 months of their date of hire.
•Minimum of 3 years experience in OR instrumentation procedures required
•Knowledge of Joint Commission, Local, State, and Federal regulations pertaining to Sterile Processing.
•Excellent communication/analytical skills
•Skilled in the English language (written and oral).
•Excellent leadership/coaching skills.
•Thorough knowledge of sterilizer/aerator/washer-sterilizer operating principles.
•Thorough knowledge of the properties of cleaning/decontamination chemicals.
•Extensive standing, pushing, and pulling tray/sterilization carts. Considerable reaching, stooping, kneeling and bending. Exposure to blood borne pathogens and hazardous gases (Ethylene Oxide) and decontamination/sterilization chemicals.
•Includes, but not limited to, Steam/ETO sterilizers, aerators, washer-sterilizers, heat sealers, ultrasonic cleaners, computer.
•Takes proper precautions when handling cleaning/decontamination chemicals, ETO sterilization gas, and contaminated instruments/linens as outlined in the Hospital Safety Manual (Including “Right to Know” program, Hospital Infection Prevention Policy and Departmental policy and Procedure Manuals.
•Exposed to infectious/bodily waste products.
•Exposed to potential needle sticks from OR/OB Sharps usage.
•Possible exposure to burns from steam sterilizers.
•Possible exposure to Ethylene Oxide/Chemical/Radiologic Elements.
AREA-SPECIFIC WORK RULES:
•Hospital supplied scrub suits must be worn at all times when on duty, and covered with a gown or lab coat, when leaving the department. These scrub suits are never to be worn when the employee is “off” the hospital campus.
•Protective gowns, gloves, and eye-wear are to be worn at all times when handling contaminated instruments and equipment.
•Food, drinks, magazines, and other personal items are not permitted in the department to limit cross-contamination and lower the bio-burden.
•Only authorized staff and visitors are allowed in the department, and they must wear a hat and gown.
•All doors to the department are to be kept closed to maintain negative pressure in the decontamination room, and a sterile processing area that meets regulatory requirements.
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