Sterile Processing Technician Job Description
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Our Sterile Processing Technician takes pride in their work because they know it plays an important role in patient safety. Safe procedures start with clean instruments. Our Sterile Processing Technician works behind the scenes of healthcare facilities in a fast-paced environment, impacting patient safety without being patient-facing. When healthcare facilities need the help of product experts, they call us because they know our Technicians are continuously trained on industry best practices.
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A Sterile Processing Technician receives, cleans, distributes, and stores medical instruments and equipment.
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We are looking for a Sterile Processing Technician for the Sterile Processing Department at Medical Center. Responsible for collecting, cleaning, inspecting, wrapping, sterilizing, and distributing instruments, instrument trays, basins, and equipment. Performs work under minimal supervision.
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The Sterile Processing Technician works under the General supervision of the Sterile Processing Manager and direct supervision of the Sterile Processing Shift Supervisor. Cleans assemble and sterilize equipment, supplies, and instruments. Decontaminates assembles and sterilizes surgical instruments utilizing steam autoclaves and Plasma low-temperature sterilization equipment. Technicians perform high-level disinfection of equipment and instrumentation, utilizing Automatic Endoscope Reprocessing units and manual soaking protocols. Extensive training on each protocol for an established timeline depending on experience and skill level. Skill assent will be utilized to establish all training timelines.
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The Sterile Processing Technician will work in the Central Sterilization Unit.
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Performs all functions of a Sterile Processing Technician under limited supervision and/or working independently.
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The Sterile Processing Technician performs duties associated with the inventory, sorting, stocking, packaging, reprocessing, sterilizing, assembling, and distribution of medical and surgical supplies for use in patient care areas.
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Under general supervision, with the opportunity to make independent decisions, performs the duties of a Sterile Processing Technician which include receiving, sorting, inspecting, cleaning, disinfecting, assembling, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing disposable and non-disposable supplies, instruments, and equipment.
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This Sterile Processing Technician is responsible for sterilizing and decontaminating surgical instruments and supplies in the operating room and throughout the hospital and clinics. The incumbent assembles surgical carts, and tracks and maintains the total inventory of instruments, disposables, and implants. The employee is responsible for the monitoring of biological and chemical indicators to ensure quality and consistency for the sterilization of instruments and medical supplies. This position is not responsible for providing patient care.
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The Sterile Processing Technician inspects, assembles, and evaluates all surgical instruments and instrument sets to ensure proper sterilization, and completeness of the set, and to determine the need for repair/replacement.
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Frequently asked questions
What are the skills of a sterile processing technician?
A sterile processing technician, also known as a central sterile processing technician, is responsible for preparing and sterilizing medical instruments and equipment used in healthcare facilities. The following are some of the key skills required for a sterile processing technician:
Knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy.
Understanding of sterilization techniques and protocols.
Ability to operate sterilization equipment and machinery.
Attention to detail and ability to identify damaged or malfunctioning equipment.
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions accurately.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills for working effectively with other healthcare professionals.
Familiarity with infection control procedures and practices.
Strong organizational skills for managing large volumes of medical equipment.
What are the daily duties of a sterile processing technician?
The daily duties of a sterile processing technician may include:
Cleaning and decontaminating medical instruments and equipment.
Assembling and disassembling medical equipment and instruments.
Sterilizing instruments and equipment using various sterilization techniques, such as autoclaving or chemical sterilization.
Performing routine maintenance and quality checks on sterilization equipment and machinery.
Inspecting instruments and equipment for damage or defects.
Restocking and organizing sterile supplies and equipment.
Maintaining accurate records of sterilization processes and equipment maintenance.
Communicating with healthcare professionals to ensure timely delivery of sterile supplies and equipment.
In summary, a sterile processing technician is responsible for preparing and sterilizing medical instruments and equipment used in healthcare facilities. To be a successful sterile processing technician, one should possess knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy, an understanding of sterilization techniques and protocols, the ability to operate sterilization equipment and machinery, attention to detail, strong communication and interpersonal skills, familiarity with infection control procedures, and strong organizational skills. Their daily duties may include cleaning and decontaminating medical instruments, sterilizing equipment, inspecting instruments and equipment, and restocking and organizing sterile supplies.