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Sterile Processing Technician

Req Number 0021NN
Job Description
As a Sterile Processing Technician you will process, assemble, and inspect reusable instrumentation and equipment in support of decontamination and disinfection protocols. You will retrieve used trays, instruments and equipment from various clinical locations and disassemble and decontaminate instruments and equipment for processing. You will also operate washers, heat sealers and other necessary machinery, and maintain departmental supplies.
Responsibilities Include:
+ Decontaminates reusable instruments and equipment from a variety of surgical specialties used for patient care.
+ Provides oversight and guidance to staff for surgical instrumentation.
+ Disassembles and decontaminates more complex instruments and equipment for sterile processing.
+ Ensures instrumentation is clean, functional and in good repair.
+ Differentiates between steam and sterrad supplies.
+ Packages supplies according to specifications and appropriate method of sterilization.
+ Operates and maintains washers/sterilizers, ultrasonic machine, ETO (ethylene oxide), steam and sterrad sterilizers, heat sealers and additional equipment and machinery as needed.
+ Assists with preventative maintenance on all instruments and patient care equipment following established JACHO, AORN, and AAMI quality control standards. Works with bio-medical engineer to ensure safe and properly functioning equipment.
+ Participates in department quality control programs, applies and adheres to JACHO, AORN, and AAMI standards including biological, chemical and mechanical monitoring.
+ Ensures trays and sets are properly covered (dust covers) and rotated to ensure adherence to sterility guidelines.
+ Adheres to accurate instrument count sheet for all surgical sets and assembles Case Carts and other procedural carts as assigned. Informs supervisor of any discrepancies.
+ Dispenses sterile supplies to assigned locations (O.R., E.R., L.R, etc).
+ Acts as a resource to lower level Central Sterile staff and other clinical staff, as assigned.
Qualifications
+ High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
+ Minimum of one (1) year experience in a surgical instrument processing setting, required.
+ CRCST Certification, required.
+ Ability to move trays up to 50 pounds and to stand throughout shift, required.
+ Ability to read, write and following instructions.
+ Knowledge of instrumentation and sterile supplies, operating room or central service experience, required.
+ Understanding of the principles of electrical and mechanical safety as it pertains to Central Sterile, required.
Our Culture
Transforming care, optimizing patient satisfaction and creating better patient outcomes are just some of the things our talented team members are doing at North Shore-LIJ each and every day. As a culture committed to providing our customers with the highest quality service, we stand behind our core values: Patients first; Caring; Excellence; Innovation; Integrity and Teamwork. It is our commitment and our culture that sets us apart from others and is the cornerstone of everything we do. Join an organization whose team members are valued, cared for and offered continuous opportunities to grow. Click on the link to learn more about us: www.northshorelij.com/goals
_Please note: North Shore-LIJ is a smoke-free environment._ _Smoking and the use of tobacco products is strictly prohibited anywhere on campus, including parking lots and outdoor areas on the premises. Free smoking cessation programs and quit medications are offered to team members who wish to quit through the North Shore-LIJ Center for Tobacco Control._


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