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Sterile Processing Tech II - Full Time
University of Maryland Medical System • Millersville, MD
Posted 8 days ago
Under general supervision, able to prepare, sterilize, store and issue medical/surgical instruments, supplies and equipment in accordance with departmental and hospital policies and procedures. Able to perform and/or assists with decontamination and distribution of medical/surgical supplies, instruments.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
1. Able to inspect, assemble and prepare instrumentation for terminal sterilization in accordance with established sterile processing practices and standards.
A. Inspects instruments for cleanliness and proper functionality.
B. Assembles instrument trays and sets in accordance with specific requirements.
C. Wraps or packages and labels instrumentation for sterilization, properly, using established, generally accepted techniques.
2. Able to perform terminal sterilization activities in accordance with established procedures utilizing steam and plasma and related sterilization equipment.
A. Loads and unloads instruments and equipment from sterilizers properly, in accordance with established procedures.
B. Operates steam and plasma sterilizers and related equipment; recognizes equipment malfunctions and reports to Team Leader and Supervisor immediately. May perform routine maintenance and minor repair of equipment, as needed.
C. Monitors the sterilization process using mechanical, chemical and biological indicators.
D. Records data on items to be sterilized, identifying item , date, sterilizer and load. This may include computer data entry.
E. Complies with safety requirements regarding thermal and chemical exposure.
3. Able to clean and restock specialty equipment and carts as appropriate, in accordance with departmental procedures.
4. Able to dispenses and deliver instruments to nursing departments and clinics, inspect all cases carts for OR cases and determine when any set is not found to be consistent with that case’s preference list.
A. Maintains an accurate record of supplies, instruments and equipment dispensed to account for use and availability. This may include computer data entry.
B. Able to collect, verify, batch and forward patient charge tickets and supply requisitions to data processing or other requestor as appropriate.
C. Able to c onduct supply inventory and follows procedures to restock as necessary.
5. Able to perform, determine and/or assist with decontamination activities, which render supplies clean and safe for handling, in accordance with department standards and generally accepted decontamination practices.
A. Adheres to dress code required for decontamination activities.
B. Uses chemicals in proper dilution for effective cleaning and disinfection.
C. Operates mechanical equipment used in decontamination processes, by following detailed operating instructions.
D. Exercises safe handling practices in handling sharps to prevent personal injury or injury to others.
E. Performs routine cleaning activities to ensure a clean work environment and prevent internal cross-contamination.
6. Able to stores instrument trays in designated storage areas for distribution and determine necessary sets and quantity in order to meet patient care needs in the ORs
A. Able to stores items based on first-in, first-out (FIFO) in order to provide for appropriate stock rotation and understands the need for this process in terms of shelf life and sterility
B. Cleans storage shelves as required to maintain a clean work environment.
7. Assists with retrieval of contaminated instrument sets from patient care areas for sterile processing. Carries out correct techniques in the containment and handling of contaminated instruments, supplies and equipment to prevent cross-contamination, in accordance with department standards and accepted safe and sterile handling practices.
8. Communicates effectively with all customers to render service and to resolve problems. Works closely with STC OR and GOR Nurse Managers to assure that all in-room sterile processing issues are addressed expeditiously. Observes appropriate handling and safety standards throughout the entire sterilization process in accordance with governing regulations and University of Maryland Medical System standards.
9. Attends all mandatory hospital and department in-service training and safety training annually. Attends a minimum of one external educational seminar per year.
What You Need to Be Successful:
1. High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) is required.
2. Certification as Sterile Processing Technician required.
3. One year Central Sterile Processing Technician experience is required.
We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.