Sterile Processing Technician - 2nd Shift
Company: Lancaster General Health
Posted on: November 11, 2019
CompanyLancaster General HospitalCost Center4545 Sterile
ProcessingGradeG07SummaryPOSITION SUMMARY: The Sterile Processing
Technician will perform those duties necessary for the proper
decontamination, cleaning, inspection, quality assurance
monitoring, assembly, packaging, sterilization, storage,
distribution and documentation of surgical instrumentation and
equipment according to the established procedures of AAMI/ANSI,
IAHCSMM CDC, OSHA, AORN, and AST. The Sterile Processing Technician
performs these duties for Perioperative Services and various
departments and entities throughout the Penn Medicine/Lancaster
General Health.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have
the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform
the following duties:
- Cleans, decontaminates, assembles and sterilizes all
instrumentation and equipment, in accordance with departmental
policy and procedure, Infection Control standards and other
regulations. Responsible for operating all sterilization and
decontamination equipment, in accordance with departmental policies
and procedures safely and efficiently. Inspects, assembles and
sterilizes all surgical instrumentation and instrumentation from
other entities in accordance with departmental policy and
- Responsible for monitoring and reporting all biological
indicators and other quality assurance verifications for patient
- Restocks accurately case carts with supplies, instrumentation
and equipment as indicated by pick list generated from daily
surgical schedule. Restocks accurately with unexpired products,
instrumentation, and equipment for Perioperative Services supply
carts, specialty carts and emergency carts.
- Stages and delivers case carts, stocking carts, and equipment
to correct Perioperative locations.
- Inventories and maintains adequate levels of all
instrumentation, equipment, and sterile supplies utilized. Reports
and records missing and/or damaged instrumentation/equipment, in
accordance with set policy and procedure. Reports and records any
malfunctioning Sterile Processing Department (SPD)
- Serves as initial contact for all departmental inquiries from
customers. Answers, records and responds to all requests via phone
and/or in person in a courteous and professional manner.?
- Maintains work areas in a clean, neat and orderly fashion on a
daily basis. Cleans work area prior to end of shift in preparation
for the oncoming shift.
- Participates in the cross training for new surgical
instrumentation and equipment.
- Supports current or other SPD sites as requested by department
supervisor or manager.
- Promotes effective and collaborative working relationships with
members of the Perioperative team and other customers.
- Actively participates in department Lean/Performance
Improvement/Quality initiatives and programs.SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:
The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties
- Repairs / loaner / missing equipment / instrument
identification. Takes responsibility, along with shift leader or
coordinator, for ensuring that loaner sets are available and
sterile as required.
- Reports instrument/equipment malfunction to SPD shift leader.
Reports discrepancies, problems and concerns to management using
proper chain of command.
- Demonstrates all computer applications accurately.
- Consistently follows Instrument Tracking system procedures for
- Consistently follows Operating Room (OR) Preference card system
procedures for preference/pick ticket lists.
- Attends regularly scheduled in-services and continuing
- Participates in the on-call responsibilities for this position
- Other duties as assigned.JOB REQUIREMENTSMINIMUM REQUIRED
- High School diploma or GED equivalent required.
- Basic computer skills.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Previous background in healthcare services (Procedural or
Surgical Services experience).
- Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST),
Surgical Technologist (ST) and/or Certified Surgical Technologist
- One (1) year Surgical instrument processing / reprocessing and
medical inventory experience.
- One (1) year of Sterile Processing experience.
- One (1) year Patient Care equipment experience.COGNITIVE
REQUIREMENTSATTENTION/CONCENTRATION ? The following level of
ability is essential for the jobholder to focus on certain aspects
of current experience and reject others:?The position requires the
ability to attend to more than one aspect of a situation
simultaneously.? It is highly likely that multiple task demands are
going to be required of the individual at the same time.NEW
LEARNING AND MEMORY ? The following level of ability is essential
for the jobholder to learn and retain material:A large portion of
this position required reliance on verbal memory and new learning.?
Efficiency in processing of verbal information, either in written
or spoken form, is a major requirement and prerequisite of the
job.? The individual must be able to attend to and process multiple
bits of information simultaneously.? The individual must be able to
organize and categorize this information effectively so that later
recall is feasible.PROBLEM SOLVING, REASONING AND CREATIVE THINKING
? The following level of ability that is essential for the
jobholder to think (in order to solve a problem) by combining two
or more elements from past experience or imaginative thought:The
requirement for autonomous problem solving or creativity of thought
in the position is minimal.? Problems encountered tend to involve a
few concrete variables in or from standardized situations.?
Typically involves adhering to a chart or set procedure.APTITUDES?
The following are essential requirements of the position in
relation to job-worker situations.? These items describe how a
worker must adapt, adjust, conform or act:??????Repetitive work:
Ability to continuously perform the same type of work for extended
periods of time, according to set procedures, sequence or
pace.Performing under stressful conditions: Ability to perform
under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or
dangerous situations, or in situations in which working speed and
sustained attention are critical aspects of the job. Is subject to
danger or risk, or to tension as a regular, consistent part of the
job.Variety and change: Ability to perform a variety of duties,
often changing from one task to another of a different nature
without loss of efficiency or composure involving significant
differences in technologies, techniques, procedures, environmental
factors, physical demands, or work situations.Communication:?
Ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely;
to present ideas, facts and technical information.Interpersonal
relations: Ability to maintain relationships that facilitate task
accomplishment; to cooperate and resolve conflicts; to recognize
needs and be sensitive of others.EQUIPMENT USAGE REQUIREMENTS
Equipment/Tools: Computer, Phone, Copier, Printer, Fax, Office
Supplies, Autoclave, Sterrad, sonic cleaner, washer/decontaminator,
index washer, cart washer, heat sealer, calculator, pen/pencil,
ibox knife, hopper, sterilizer cart, elevator, cell phone, pager,
PDA, handheld scanning devices, Air gun, stapler, scissors, files,
screwdriver, wrench, dating gun, scrub brush.Software: Microsoft
Office Products, Hospital Information System, Instrument Management
System, OR preference card system, Lawson.PHYSICAL
REQUIREMENTSRarely 0-10%; Occasionally 11-35%; Frequently 36-70%;
Continuously 71-100%Body Position/Movement:
- Sit: Rarely
- Stand: Continuously
- Walk: Continuously
- Bend: Continuously
- Push: Continuously
- Pull: Continuously
- Kneel/Squat: Frequently
- Reach: Frequently
- Twist: Frequently
- Balance: Rarely
- Climb: Occasionally
- Other (specific to this role): Manual and finger dexterity-
ContinuouslyLifting: Degree of physical exertion is: Heavy,
exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20
pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force
constantly to move objects.Sensory Abilities specifically required:
- Touch/FeelingPHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTWORKING CONDITIONS: Position
involves exposure to the following harmful elements:
- Bio hazardous Waste
- Blood borne Pathogens
- Extreme Noise Levels
- Extreme Temperatures
- High Pressure Steam/Gas
- Moving/Rotating MachineryDisclaimer: This job description is
not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list
of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions
associated with the job.? It is intended to be a reflection of
those principal job elements essential for recruitment and
selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing
performance standards.? The percentages of time spent performing
job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.?
The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be
cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of
management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this
job in part or in whole.? Incumbent must be able to perform all job
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