The Sterile Processing Tech cleans, processes, sterilizes, decontaminates and distributes reusable supplies, instruments and rental equipment in 3 areas in the sterile processing department. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires.
INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The Sterile Processing Tech responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Completes written reports and records during each shift
* Decontaminates, cleans, assembles, processes, and sterilizes reusable supplies, equipment, instruments, and packs to assure sterility and availability
* Updates Instrument Set Sheets for accuracy to current standards for all departments
* Anticipates Surgery needs for current and following day
* Precepts new employees and rotating students
The Sterile Processing Tech reports to Director Surgical Services.
Required Physical Demands (Subject to Reasonable Accommodation):
Keyboarding/Dexterity: Occasionally; activity exists up to 1/3 of the time
Standing/Walking: Constantly; activity exits up to 2/3 of the time
Strength (Lift/Carry/Push/Pull): Heavy (Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects)
Talking (Must be able to effectively communicate verbally): Yes
Color Acuity (Must be able to distinguish and identify colors): Yes
Must possess sufficient dexterity and proficiency to disassemble and assemble complicated surgical instruments for cleaning. Must be able to operate Instrument Room equipment and complex devices such as autoclave, hot package sealer and ultrasonic on a daily basis. Must be able to write neatly and legibly on a daily basis. Must possess sense of touch in order to determine temperature of autoclave items for safe storage. Must be able to speak clearly to communicate with physicians and co-workers. Reaches overhead up to 250 times per shift. Bends and/or stoops up to 250 times per shift. Utilizes a grip force of 15 lbs. to use washer handle up to 30 times per shift. Lifts loads up to 18 lbs. from 36 inches and carries it 5 feet to a 36 inch high cart up to 20 times per shift. Moves a load up to 120 lbs. onto rollers and pushes it 100 feet occasionally. Pushes a cart (average push force 22 lbs.) 100 feet up to 30 times per shift. Lifts loads up to 50 lbs. and carries it 100 feet up to 25 times per shift
This position may have additional or varied physical demand and/or respiratory fit test requirements. Please consult the Physical Demands Project SharePoint site or contact Risk Management/Employee Health for additional information.
Exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious materials. Exposure to steam and heat daily. Exposure to cleaning and sterilizing chemicals. Hazards are minimal if universal safety precautions are utilized. Requires potential exposure to numerous environmental hazards and contaminants which can include: accidental exposure to body fluids through needles, suction, splashing, instrumentation, chemical exposure through handling of formalin, cleaning solvents, ETO, electrical exposure through anesthesia gases, ETO; electrical exposure through use of numerous devices used during surgical procedures. Physical hazards due to injuries related to lifting, slipping and moving heavy equipment. The physical environment leads to frequent exposure to noisy work areas, cluttered equipment rooms, emergency situations requiring quick, accurate judgment, physical exertion, and disagreeable odors. Daily encounters with multiple and immediate demands from patients, staff, and private physicians, surgeons and anesthesiologists which require accurate prioritization. Requires wearing of protective clothing, including rubber gloves, masks, goggles, gowns, and aprons. May wear protective clothing such as face shields, masks, hoods, waterproof gowns, shoe covers, and rubber gloves while working in a decontamination area. A decontamination area is an area under negative airflow. Air is exhausted out of the room and the temperature is approximately over 100 degrees.
All applicants will receive consideration regardless of membership in any protected status as defined by applicable state or federal law, including protected veteran or disability status.
* High School diploma or equivalent
* Working knowledge of aseptic techniques
* On the job training of up to six months to gain knowledge and skills of material processing functions, techniques, and procedures
* Experience in medical setting, inventory control, or CST preferred
* Must be able to communicate effectively in English