Under general supervision, prepares, sterilizes, stores and issues medical/surgical instruments, supplies and equipment in accordance with departmental and hospital policies and procedures. Performs and/or assists in decontamination and distribution of medical/surgical supplies, instruments and equipment.
The Sterile Processing Tech II must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age, culture, ethnicity, and specific individual diagnostic needs of the patients served in his/her department. He/she must be able to assess and interpret data about the patient’s status in order to identify each patient’s specific needs and provide the care needed by the patient group (pediatric, adolescents and/or geriatric patient group, culture and diagnostic specific).
Consistently expresses and demonstrates compassion and courtesy for patients. Extends courtesy and support to patient's families/visitors.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
1. Communication/ Collaboration- Works effectively with surgical and anesthesia team to assure surgical instrumentation and equipment availability for scheduled surgical procedures while using customer service skills. Uses verbal, interpersonal and teamwork skills to provide assistance to team members in a cohesive manner. Demonstrates a positive attitude in the work environment.
2. Fire in the OR - Able to accurately assess and monitor environment for potential hazards resulting in a flammable event. Maintains safety of the Operating Room and surrounding area during daily practice. Follows policy and procedure as well as all regulatory requirements for Fire safety. Attends inservices, watches video, successfully completes written testing, responds appropriately to Fire drill, and/or participates in competency marathon on an annual basis.
3. Care of implants - Maintains safe practices and safe environment involving the care of implants. Follows recommended procedures and precautions for sterilization and care/cleaning of implant during any surgical procedure. Keeps current knowledge and/or update skills by attending inservices, seminars, successfully passing written testing and education for the care of implants on a yearly basis.
4. Respect for individuals, Customer Service, Teamwork and Collaboration:
A. Models excellence in customer service.
B. Uses hand-off communication to convey appropriate instrumentation and surgical case information to members of the surgical team
C. Identifies and addresses potential breeches in patient information management and confidentiality (HIPPA) issues.
D. Serves as a collaborative resource within surgical services.
E. Percepts, mentors, and provides an inclusive environment for peers, orientees and students.
F. Provides performance feedback as requested within peer review systems.
G. Voices difference in opinion professionally through appropriate channels.
H. Serves as a positive team leader through initiative, involvement, and availability.
5. Leadership, Clinical and/or Technical Skills:
A. Recognizes and acts on all potential or actual equipment and or instrumentation problems. Demonstrates diligent adherence to cleaning and sterilization processes.
B. Models critical thinking and clinical competency related to surgical instrumentation and equipment requirements related to procedure performed.
C. Performs and/or assists with decontamination activities which render supplies sterile and safe for handling in accordance with department standards and generally accepted decontamination practices.
D. Inspects, assembles and prepares instrumentation for sterilization in accordance with established sterile processing practices and standards.
E. Appropriately labels instruments and sets
F. Wraps instruments in appropriate packaging
G. Operates steam sterilizers and related equipment; loads and unloads instruments properly; recognizes equipment malfunctions and reports to supervisor immediately.
H. Dispenses instruments/equipment to surgical team.
I. Other duties as assigned.
6. Quality and Patient Safety:
A. Demonstrates diligence in ensuring the safety of the clinical environment.
B. Demonstrates knowledge, practice, and accountability for compliance with the TJC National Patient Safety Goals.
C. Detects, reports, and takes action to avoid or correct safety risks.
D. Uses safe practices transporting instruments from OR rooms, decontamination room and the sterilization room.
7. Cost Effectiveness:
A. Modifies work practices, as directed by team leader and Clinical Coordinator, in response to industry trends and changes in sterile processing methods and standards.
B. Employs practices that improve efficiency, and reduce costs.
C. Effectively sets priorities and demonstrates time management skills.
D. Adheres to scheduled shifts in compliance with staffing targets and guidelines.
E. Assists in identifying new technologies that reduce the cost of care or improve patient outcomes.
F. Independently completes written requests for time off and exception forms for unanticipated schedule changes.
8. Education and Research::
A. Assumes responsibility for maintaining competency and recertification.
B. Addresses learning needs of self.
C. Attends required in-services and staff meetings.
D. Completes required written training exercises.
1. Completion of high school level of course work with attainment of a high school diploma or State High School Equivalency Certificate (GED). Demonstrated progress toward certification within one year is required.
2. A minimum of one year Central Sterile Processing experience or successful completion of a recognized OR Central Sterile program is required.