Sterile Processing Tech
Company: SSM Health
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: May 16, 2022
Under the direction of the Instrument Room Lead Technician,
responsible for decontamination, cleaning, sorting, tray assembly
and sterilization of instruments. Maintains knowledge of
instruments functions. ABI variant: Under the direction of the
Surgical Coordinator.POSITION ACCOUNTABILITIES AND PERFORMANCE
CRITERIA (% of time)Essential Functions: The following are
essential job accountabilities and performance criteria:Position
AccountabilitiesI. Recognizes needs and initiates appropriate
action in regard to maintaining supplies and equipment.
15%CriteriaA. Assures all trays are cleaned and processed correctly
and instrumentsare inspected for any defects that might affect
their usage.B. All instruments are properly decontaminated.C. All
trays are assembled correctly, according to instrument lists.D. All
instrument count sheets are signed by person assembling tray.E.
Produce a high volume of quality work.F. Able to operate all
equipment necessary to complete job.G. Demonstrates ability to
utilize the computer.H. Actively seeks ways to develop skills.II.
Decontamination of instruments. 15%CriteriaA. Personal Protective
Attire should be worn when decontaminating instruments.B. Automatic
and/or manual cleaning methods of equal effectiveness should be
used.C. Cleans appropriately.D. Participates in preventative
maintenance.III. Processing of instruments. 15%CriteriaA.
Instruments are inspected.B. Instruments in disrepair should be
labeled and taken out of service.C. Instruments that are to be
stored after decontamination/sterilization should be dried
thoroughly.D. Instruments with moveable parts should be
disassembled when placed in trays designed for sterilization.IV.
Sterilization of instruments. 15%CriteriaA. Performs biological,
chemical and mechanical monitoring of the sterilization functions
in accordance with policies and procedures.B. Sterilizes
instruments, equipment and supplies as required; handles and stores
instruments, equipment and supplies appropriately.C. Appropriately
and precisely processes trays, packs and peel pouch items.D.
Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of cleaning, decontamination,
sterilization and instrumentation.E. Maintains inventory of area.V.
Demonstrates accountability for own professional practice.
10%CriteriaA. Adheres to all unit standards, policies, procedures
when implementing clinical and technical aspects of duties.1.
Participates in learning experiences that increase professional
competence.B. Demonstrates appropriate technical and cognitive
skills for area of practice.C. Is at work as scheduled and begins
duties promptly at start of shift.D. Maintains currency in all
hospital / unit information, communication, policies and
procedures.1. Attends staff meetings / reviews minutes when
absent.2. Keeps up to date with policies and procedures.E.
Demonstrates ability to change and adapt to changing work
demands.1. Responds positively to change.2. Provides assistance and
support to peers, co-workers and other team members.3. Adapts
positively to changes in unplanned work load and job demands.F.
Acts rapidly and effectively during any emergency.G. Assumes
responsibility for completing all mandatory requirements.1.
Maintains current certification (if applicable)2. Yearly TB
screening3. Annual Ethics Training (Initial Ethics, if new
employee)4. Annual safety training5. Required information security
course6. Required Abuse and Neglects course7. Annual blood borne
pathogen training8. Coursework as assigned for .Edu9. Annual
competency/skill day10. Age/Population specific competency11.
Orientation competency (if new hire)12. Successful completion (and
maintenance) of certification as a CRCST (Certified Registered
Central Service Technician) by IAHSCMM (International Association
of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) within two years
of 9/1/11 or date of hire for employees hired thereafter.a.
Certification review course expense, study material and expense of
initial certification exam will be provided by Saint Louis
University Hospital.b. Expense of maintaining certification
thereafter will be that of the individual employee. (see c.
below)c. Currently, IAHSCMM annual recertification requires 12
Points. Points are to be accrued annually in hourly increments (1
hour equals 1 point; a hour equals a point, etc.).IV. Ability to
relate to coworkers in a professional manner. 5%CriteriaA. Orients
and/or precepts new employees when required.B. Participates in
maintains a collaborative team approach toward work.C. Functions as
a resource person to co-workers, medical staff, and other
members.D. Utilizes Chain of Command effectively.E. Practices
according to safety and infection control policies.F. Demonstrates
ability to relate to coworkers in a professional and respectful
manner, in order to assure and promote a culture of safety.V.
Practices according to safety and infection control policies.
10%CriteriaA. Practices standard precautions and disposes of
hazardous wastes per established guidelines.B. Maintains a safe,
clean, comfortable and therapeutic environment for
patients/families/employees in accordance with hospital
standards.1. Maintains clutter free environment.2. Keeps
conversations and background noise to a minimum.3. Adheres to dress
code.C. Reports variation from care/treatment following the
occurrence reporting policy and procedure.VI. Provides service
excellence to the customers of Saint Louis University Hospital.
5%CriteriaA. Demonstrates courtesy, compassion, and respect.1.
Provides prompt, respectful, courteous service.2. Meets physical,
spiritual, psychological, and emotional needs of patients and
families3. Apologizes for mix-up and delay.4. Maintains a
non-judgmental attitude.5. Respects the dignity of patients by
providing privacy, comfort, and confidentiality of information.B.
Communicates effectively.1. Listens to staff/patient/family
concerns and addresses needs.2. Allows time for questions.3. Relays
information to family in surgical waiting room (if necessary).C.
Maintains a cooperative relationship with members of the medical
staff.1. Communication is timely and effective.VII. Incorporates
Performance Improvement and Evidence-Based Practice into ones
professional practice. 5%CriteriaA. Assists in developing and
implementing operating room goals.B. Identifies opportunities for
improvement, participates in data collection when requested,
suggests solutions, communicates using appropriate lines of
authority and works toward problem resolution.C. Participates in
performance/process improvement process.D. Participates in research
activities in the operating room.VIII. Cost Effective Services
5%CriteriaA. Uses resources efficiently.B. Recommends change in
practice that increase efficiency and minimize waste.C. Prioritizes
responsibilities.D. Utilizes non-clinical time in a constructive
manner, i.e. .Edu, mandatory education requirements.DISCLAIMER:
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.Rationale
for Essential Functions1) The performance of this function is the
reason the job exists.2) There are limited employees among whom the
performance of this function can be distributed.3) This function
occupies a great deal of the employees time.4) This function is
highly specialized. Employees are hired for the skill/ability to
perform this function.5) Failure to perform this function may have
serious consequences.6) The function was performed by past
employees, and is performed by current employees.7) Exposure to
blood borne pathogens that require the use of protective
equipment.8) Exposure to tuberculosis that requires the use of
protective equipment.Job SpecificationsMINIMUM EDUCATION: High
school graduate or equivalent*Certification as a CRCST (Certified
Registered Central Service Technician) by IAHSCMM (International
Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) *
See V., #12 aboveMINIMUM EXPERIENCE: 1 year hospital experience,
instrument room experience preferred.WORKING CONDITIONS: May be
required to wear protective clothing such as masks, gowns and
gloves in addition to adhering to the department dress code;
Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne disease; Must be able to
work with electrical equipment; May be exposed to hot/cold material
and chemical agents (see MDS sheets); Exposure to latex.SOCIAL
CONDITIONS: Must be able to work alone, with others, and around
others.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to tolerate prolonged,
extensive, or considerable sitting, standing, and walking; Must be
able to carry equipment and supplies; Must be able to read and
write; Must be able to communicate information in a manner
appropriate for intended audiences; Must have manual dexterity;
Must be able to lift 50 pounds and push/pull 100+ pounds.COGNITIVE
DEMANDS: Must be able to work independently and in groups, in a
quiet or distractible environment, on a structured or unstructured
task; Must have good organization, planning, reasoning, judgment,
problem solving, safety awareness skills, and cognitive
flexibility; Ability to operate and perform maintenance on a PC
-based Instrument Tracking System (basic computer
above statements are intended to describe the general nature and
level of work being performed. They are not to be construed, as an
exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills
required of personnel so classified. An individual working in their
job classification must also perform specific tasks upon request by
supervisor personnel. Furthermore, the duties and responsibilities
for this job classification are subject to change at the discretion
of the medical center.
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