Mary Greeley Medical Center Sterile Processing Technician in Ames, Iowa
Under general supervision accepts duties as assigned to provide quality prepared instrumentation and supplies to the surgical patients. Provides effective communication amongst all members of the surgical team. Ensures all actions taken in carrying out responsibilities support patient centered care. Performs related work as required.
Unit Specific Position Responsibilities
Inspects instruments for cleanliness, proper function and damage before assembly.
Prepares complete instrument sets, replaces missing or damaged instruments. Apply missing instrument label if replacement is not available.
Packages and labels equipment in appropriate sized peel pack.
Placement and/or protects delicate or sharp instruments appropriately.
Utilizes CensiTrac scanning tracking system in Decontamination, Assembly and Sterilizing areas. Correctly labels all items to be processed/sterilized with proper identification and location.
Issues sterile equipment and supplies to patient care units as requested.
Prepares and assembles surgical trays and equipment following established tray list for issue, storage or further processing (such as sterilization).
Prepares and maintains accurate records on all items sterilized.
Monitors, reads, documents and interprets all parameters for all sterilizers to assess proper function (Steam, VPro, NX Sterrad).
Internal, external and biological monitor systems are utilized
Placement of trays, wrapped items and peel pack will follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Prioritizes in order to meet deadlines for processing instrument sets.
Picks inventory for each OR case (scheduled and add on)
Cleans work areas.
Communicates with co-workers and health team members.
Restocks supplies, notify coordinator if stock is low or depleted. Checks for expiration dates and rotates in assigned areas.
Maintains knowledge of infection control policy/procedures.
Responsible for on-call duties as scheduled.
Performs other assigned duties.
Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience
Required Qualifications (Including any licensure, certification, education):
De-escalation training prior to performing direct patient care or within 90 days of hire
All clinical night staff routinely working between the hours of 2300-0700 that work in Acute Rehab, Med Tele, Med Surg, Birthways, PEDS, NICU, and Oncology AND all clinical staff that work in Nursing Support Team, Behavioral Health, ED, ICCU, and House Managers will be required to take the combative patient response team training within 90 days of hire and must maintain throughout employment. Individuals less than 18 years old are excluded.
Graduate of accredited Surgical Technologist program
Highschool diploma or GED
Required Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Ability to understand and communicate oral and written English.
Ability to pursue and foster a sense of team and partnership across all disciplines.
Ability to assist nursing personnel and ancillary departments.
Ability to function promptly and appropriately under stressful conditions
Become Certified within 3 years of hire
Proficient knowledge of sterilization processes.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
Skill in the use of specialized equipment and or techniques.