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CommonSpirit Health Sterile Processing Tech in Des Moines, Iowa

Sterile Processing Tech

MercyOne Des Moines Medical CenterDes Moines, Iowa

Requisition ID 2022-267120 Employment Type Full Time Department Sterile Processing Hours/Pay Period 80 Shift Evening Weekly Schedule Mon-Fri (3pm-11:30pm) Alternating Weekends Remote No Category Technician


MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit Catholic medical centers in Des Moines West Des Moines Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals – MercyOne Children’s Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) – along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care pediatric internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893 MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state with more than 7000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.


Job Summary / Purpose

The Sterile Processing Tech I is responsible for the building and coordination of instruments and case carts between the Operating Room, Ancillary departments and Sterile Processing. Coordinates case carts, add-ons and will serve as a contact person in Sterile Processing for each service in the Operating Room. Will have direct contact with physicians, nurses, and scrub techs. Will clean, decontaminate, prepare, assemble, and sterilize surgical instrumentation and related equipment used by surgical services and other clinical departments. Sterile Processing Technician Certification Preferred

Essential Key Job Responsibilities


Demonstrates and facilitates effective departmental and inter-departmental communications.

Consistently responds to departmental and inter-departmental needs in a prompt, accurate, clear, and precise manner.

Consistently informs appropriate individuals about problems involving equipment, supplies, instruments, implants, etc.

Consistently maintains continuity of communications


Uses care in handling instruments, identifies heat sensitive items, and separates delicate items to prevent damage.

Consistently keeps washers loaded and operating.

Knowledgeable of the basic use of surgical instruments.

Keeps accurate records of all instruments received and cleaned.

Follows cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization procedures per manufacturer’s instructions.


Consistently inspects the integrity of implant packaging to ensure sterility.

Assembles implant sets, emergency carts, and trays with minimal assistance

Consistently processes, checks, and labels implants in a timely, accurate, and legible manner with minimal assistance.

Replaces all items needed to complete implant sets and specialty carts with minimal assistance.

Records requests for implants on the record form.

Consistently maintains a clean and orderly work area.


Consistently inspects instruments for sharpness, deterioration, alignment, and cleanliness. Inspects all serration and cannulations according to policy.

Uses care in handling instruments, identifies heat sensitive items, and separates delicate items to prevent damage.

Checks the condition of instrument containers prior to use.

Ensures that appropriate sterilization indicators and filters are placed in the instrument pan(s) prior to sterilization.

Consistently follows specified checklist when assembling instrument sets/trays.

Consistently labels/initials instrument sets and equipment accurately, legibly and in a timely manner.

Consistently ensures that instrument sets are complete prior to sterilization; records all missing tag items that are not replaced in instrument sets.

Consistently keeps conveyor unloaded and cleared of trays.

Knowledgeable of the basic use of surgical instruments.

Correctly processes workload (case cart, power equipment, decontaminating equipment, scopes, etc.) and determines processing/cleaning priorities.

Follows cleaning procedure per manufacturer’s instructions.

Displays knowledge in identifying surgical instrumentation.


Understands and practices basis aseptic principles.

Understands the importance of precisely following guidelines for decontamination and loading washers as outlined by policy and procedure.

Demonstrates understanding of basic principles of all types of sterilization methods used at SVIMC and operates/maintains sterilizers according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Is prompt and loads sterilizers in the correct manner.

Checks printouts at the beginning of the sterilization cycle, and at frequent intervals during the cycle and at the end of the cycle to ensure proper function.

Performs daily appropriate testing for sterilizers according to manufacturer’s instructions (Bowie-Dick, biological 3M Attest).

Keeps accurate and legible ledger on all sterilization test results.

Prepares cleaning solution accurately and maintains adequate level of cleaner in the washer.

Understands and complies with infection control policies and procedures such as hand washing, containment of infections agents/materials.

Attends in-service programs and complies with general safety guidelines, fire safety rules, hazard communications, emergency codes and procedures.

Uses care in operating all equipment and carts; sinks are cleaned.

Sterilizer drains are free of debris and cleaned daily.

The job summary and responsibilities listed above are designed to indicate the general nature of the work performed within this job. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all job responsibilities required of employees assigned to this job. Employees may be required to perform other duties as assigned.


High School diploma, GED, Metropolitan Test or equivalent

Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse

training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.

Knowledge of surgical supplies, instruments and equipment.

Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to

a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender

identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status,

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