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Sterile Processing Tech II - PRN

Company: St. David's Medical Center
Location: Austin
Posted on: May 20, 2019

Job Description:

DescriptionSHIFT: PRN

SCHEDULE: PRN/Per DiemSt. David's Medical Center is part of

St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was

recognized in 2014 with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Founded in 1924, St. David's Medical Center is a full-service medical center

offering comprehensive medical care at three locations-St. David's Medical

Center, Heart Hospital of Austin and St. David's Georgetown Hospital.

Located in central Austin, St. David's Medical Center includes a

350-bed acute care hospital and a 64- bed rehabilitation hospital providing

comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. It is home to the internationally

renowned Texas

Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute and St.

David's Neuroscience & Spine Institute. The hospital

provides a complete range of women's services, including its acclaimed

maternity unit, maternal-fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal

transport team, the region's largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive

Care Unit and The Breast Center; complex surgical

services; a comprehensive Bariatric

Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.

St. David's Medical Center was named among the nation's 100 Top

Hospitals by Truven Health

Analytics from 2010 to 2016. Truven also named St.

David's Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013,

2015 and 2016. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety

from The Leapfrog Group from 2012 to 2016,

and it received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

from Healthgrades for the fifth consecutive year, as

well as Healthgrades' 2016 America's 100 Best Hospitals Award--- for the second

consecutive year.
POSITION SUMMARY
The Sterile Processing Technician receives, decontaminates, tests,

assembles, and sterilizes various reusable instruments and trays.

Receives and stores supplies and instruments. Operates various cleaning and

sterilization equipment. Assists the Supervisor Sterile Processing with quality

control and documentation of all sterilization processes.


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Decontaminates patient care

equipment.


  • Retrieves equipment from

    operating rooms and utilization area at designated times and as the need

    necessitates.
  • Performs decontamination and

    performance testing in accordance with established procedures.
  • Utilizes cleaning agents in

    accordance with manufacturer's instructions.
  • Notify the appropriate Unit

    Supervisor and/or buyer of any malfunctioning equipment.
  • Demonstrates working

    knowledge of equipment used in area

    Prepares and sterilizes

    supplies

    • Receives, prepares, and

      sterilizes items with steam sterilization in accordance with departmental

      procedures.
    • Assembles surgical trays in

      accordance with current component

      list.
    • Prepares and files

      appropriate documentation for each sterilizer load.
    • Selects the appropriate

      method of sterilization for each item.
    • Cleans and performs accepted

      maintenance on instruments and equipment.
    • Properly loads, operates and

      cleans all sterilizers, and all equipment using biologicals and chemical

      control tests as required by policies and procedures.

      Receives and stores supplies

      appropriately.

      • Examines all received supplies for expiration dates,

        package integrity, or any visible damage that might compromise sterility.
      • Rotates and stores stock to achieve first-in /

        first-out distribution.
      • Reports

        stock shortages to the Sterile Processing Supervisor within a timely manner.
      • Works

        collaboratively with sales representatives.

        Operates cleaning and

        sterilization equipment.

        • Performs daily or weekly sterilization validation

          tests per procedure per sterilizer in accordance with policy and procedure.
        • Follows departmental established procedures and

          manufacturer's instructions for operation of all cleaning and sterilization

          equipment.
        • Monitors

          equipment through all phases of operation.

          Notes and reports within 15 minutes probable malfunction. Undertakes the

          appropriate procedure in response to a malfunction.

          Must maintain safe work

          environment in accordance with OSHA standards.

          • Maintains proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

            while in the decontamination area.
          • Assures

            general cleaning of department surface areas, racks, shelves, storage cabinets

            and all storage areas.

            Participates in unit

            activities.

            • Assumes responsibilities of Sterile Processing

              Supervisor in his or her absence under the direction of the Manager, Sterile

              Processing when needed.
            • Assesses others in adherence to principles of asepsis.
            • Provides two in services yearly relating to sterile

              processing, to sterile processing technicians, and other Surgical Services

              personnel if needed.
            • Ensures that all sterilization logs and records are

              correctly completed two times during each shift.
            • Participates in budget and inventory control.
            • Keeps supervisor and /or buyer informed of needed

              items.
            • Participates in staff and self-development.
            • Takes appropriate action to prevent/manage accidents

              in the area.
            • Participates in performance/process improvement.


              • Assists with orientation of new employees.
              • Completes Annual Equipment Competency Checklist.
              • Attends 80% of Staff Meetings.
              • Attends 90% of Mandatory Education Meetings and In

                services, if applicable.

                Qualifications

                EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

                Required: High school diploma or equivalent.

                Preferred: Completion of an accredited Sterile Processing Program. 0-2 Years' experience in healthcare setting.

                EXPERIENCE

                Preferred: Previous experience in a healthcare setting. Previous Central Service or Sterile Processing experience.

                LICENSES / CERTIFICATIONS

                Preferred: 2 years' experience in Sterile Processing Department. Certification through IAHCSMM or CBSPD

Keywords: St. David's Medical Center, Austin , Sterile Processing Tech II - PRN, Other , Austin, Texas

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