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Sterile Processing and Distrib Tech 1 - UHC Surgery - Full Time

Lafayette General Health • Lafayette, LA

Posted 1 month ago

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The SPD Tech I will beresponsible for decontamination, proper cleaning, assembly, sterilization, andstorage of instruments, instrument trays, equipment, and supplies according tothe prescribed procedures and aseptic technique. They are also responsible forcase cart building, cycle counting of inventory, receipt, handling, storage anddistribution of supplies, and daily stock put away.  The SPD Tech I must be conscientious withregard to procedures, be capable of working under pressure, and interactingprofessionally within other departments within and outside of the hospital.  They must be able to accept new ideas and bewilling to learn new position duties.

  • Demonstrates employee service Standards of Behavior and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Accountable for upholding the LGMC mission and service standards in order to provide high quality service to all customers.
  • Knowledgeable of and complies with applicable federal and state laws and LGMC Standards of Behavior.
  • Complies with mandatory regulatory and credentialing requirements and participates in continuous improvement activities in an effort to ensure service quality.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned or requested willingly and within stipulated timeframe.
  • Performs all job duties in an ethical manner at all times.
  • Recognizes and abides by corporate compliance policy and procedures.
  • Participates in staff meetings, in-services, and committees.


•         Ensures properoperation of sterilizer unit’s prior to use on a daily basis.  Runs biological and chemical tests accordingto LGMC’s sterilization policy and documents appropriately. Inspects steamautoclave and Sterrad for visible signs of malfunction and reports to Manager.

•         Understands andutilizes the correct route of dirty and clean elevators.

•         Hand washesinstruments to reduce bioburden.  Passesinstruments through washers for further decontamination.  Uses washers appropriately and does TOSItests as indicated.

•         Reassembles setsaccurately and in a timely manner using instrument tracking system asreference.

•         Sterilizesinstruments, equipment, utensils, linen, and supplies using varioussterilization methods:  load autoclavesin the prescribed manner and sets controls to specified time and temperatureaccording to material and requirements of items being sterilized. Completesappropriate documentation records prior to sterilization: read and initialautoclave graphs or tapes to verify appropriate sterilization cycle and providerequired records for inspection.

•         Assemble allinstrument procedure trays, packs and kits according to the prescribed usingCensitrac as a guide. Wrap packages and handle all items followingprocedure.  Mark items with requiredidentifying data and distribute or store in designated area.  Assemble and wrap materials, instruments andsupplies according to established aseptic technique.  Notify supervisor/manager of missing items orequipment deficiencies.

•         Dispense requestedsterile equipment, supplies and instruments. Prioritize stat requests and issue supplies based on knowledge ofprocedure. Serves as “First Responder” for STAT OR requests.

•         Accuratelyinventories and replenishes PAR locations for surgery and all affiliated areasas needed.

•         Pulls cases frompreference cards accurately and within allocated time frame. Able to locate,pick, and submit supplies quickly.  Whenpulling supplies, is able to identify sterile/unsterile items. Checksinstrument sets for intact locks, sterility color changes, and filters. Iscareful when handling sterile instruments/supplies. Does not stack instrumentsets on top of case carts more than two high.

•         Disassemble andclean equipment using approved disinfectants. Reassemble equipment after each cleaning and operate to testfunctionality. Replace lost or damaged parts from stock on hand. Notifysupervisor/manager of inoperable equipment.

•         Maintain assignedwork area and equipment in a clean and organized condition to maintain a safework environment. Cleans assigned shelves weekly and ensures supplies aremaintained and rotated according to established guidelines in order to maintainproper storage conditions and decrease outdates.

•         Providesnotification to supervisor/manager of shelf stock outs and expired items.

•         Assures case cartsare clean and functioning properly when removed from case cart clean holdingarea.

•         Assist in theorientation of new employees to each work assignment area and total departmentoperations.

•         Perform otherrelated duties as required such as examining and restocking instrument exchangecart, data entry into the instrument tracking system, assisting with the ordersof backup instruments and implants, returning credits from the OR, makingvisual inspection to maintain adequate stock levels and checking for expirationdates, notifying appropriate supervisor/manager of stock outages/expired items.

•         Organize dailyassignments. Appropriately and accurately records all information onproductivity reports, leaving no blanks.

•         Attends departmentmeetings and in-service education on new equipment and processes.

•         Answers telephoneand pages promptly.  Identifies self anddepartment in a professional manner.  Uses proper telephone etiquette.  Processes received information and requestsproperly.

•         Maintains goodrapport and professional conduct with all departments, patients, visitors,physicians, and hospital personnel. Reports unacceptable conduct by staff or physiciansto supervisor/manager.

•         Demonstratescomplete knowledge of infection control, OSHA, and universal precautions.  Actively supports and promotes strictadherence to the policies and procedures as outlined in the department manuals.

•         Supports and participatesin the continuous assessment and improvement of the quality of services.

•         Performscompetently in all computer systems.

•         Always providesproper notification and advance notice for absence or tardiness.

•         Does not abuse ortake advantage of sick time or personal days off.

•         Worksindependently. Demonstrates the value of “team” concept on a consistent basis.

•         Complies withdress code.

•         When requested, iswilling to adjust personal schedule in order to complete workload.

•         Is available foradditional duties and hours within scope of training.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Computer literacy comprised of working with MS Office preferred.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, medical supplies, and instrumentation preferred.
  • Basic contract knowledge and product procurement preferred.
  • Must be able to perform the duties required and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
  • Knowledge of various printers.
  • Telecommunications capability.
  • Flexible work hours as needed.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. required.
  • Must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Practices cost effectiveness in each job related activity and decision.
  • Participates in meetings, in-services, and committees as assigned.
  • Demonstrates a pro-active approach to change and/or projects to improve the working environment and processes.
  • Maintains patient and employee confidentiality.
  • Supports the goals and missions of Lafayette General Medical Center.
  • Adheres to the policies and procedures of Lafayette General Medical Center.
  • Supports and adheres to customer’s needs to acquire supplies in a timely and cost effective manner.


•         Medium Work asdefined by the U.S. Department of Labor constitutes a maximum lift of 21-50pounds on occasion and/or a maximum lift of 11-25 pounds on a frequent basis

•        May be required to assist in the turning, lifting, ormoving patients as well as walking about from patients’ rooms, as well as toand from various hospital areas

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