Baystate Health Sterile Processing Technician in Springfield, Massachusetts
Sterile Processing Technician
The Sterile Processing Technician performs a variety of functions from decontamination of bio-hazardous material, to cleaning, inspection, assembly, and sterilization of various instruments and equipment according to manufacturer's instruction and/or hospital protocol. The decontamination process requires application of knowledge regarding infection control and safety. Decontamination utilizes automated processors and manual methods. The inspection process requires attention to detail in the visual inspection of instruments and equipment after cleaning and before assembly. In the assembly process, the technician is responsible and accountable for correct assembly of instrument kits, therefore knowledge of surgical instrumentation is necessary. The sterilization process includes operation of steam, ethylene oxide, and low temperature gas plasma sterilizers according to policies and/or manufacturer's instructions.
Strict adherence to sterilization parameters and accurate documentation of all the parameters associated with the sterilization process is required. Quality indicators for all aspects of sterile processing are required to provide our customers with sterile, accurately assembled kits and case carts for surgical procedures. These quality checks include biological and chemical monitoring of sterilization processes and review of all processing records for compliance.
The Sterile Processing Technician must have the ability to prioritize work assignments, work in a fast-paced environment and interact with peers, nurses, physicians and other health care professionals. Maintenance of a clean, organized work area is essential for work flow. All Sterile Processing staff are responsible for the inspection of sterile goods for package integrity and expiration date. Various other clerical duties are performed in addition to the previously mentioned documentation.
The sterile processing technician level II meets all requirements of level I job skills and requirements to be advanced to the level II. The level II technician demonstrates proficiency in sterile processing knowledge and is able to reference and apply the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards. The level II technician is responsible for mentoring level I technicians and assisting with educational in-servicing. The sterile processing technician II is capable of taking responsibility of charge duties. The level II technician contributes to patient safety by identifying and participating in system quality improvement initiatives.
The level II technician is knowledgeable of hospital policies and protocols and can reference AAMI, Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) and BHS standards as they pertain to the Sterile Processing Department.
High school diploma or GED. One year experience in a sterile processing department and Sterile Processing Certification required. Proficient in computer skills, medical terminology. Ability to lift fifty pounds. Ability to bend, stoop, reach and stretch. Ability to stand for prolonged periods.
Exposure to various chemical disinfectants, Ethylene oxide sterility gas under controlled conditions. Completes appropriate orientation, 8-12 weeks. Ability to perform essential functions within the following Sterile Processing areas: Decontamination area, prep and packaging, sterilization. Web based training, and hand hygiene.
Ability to mentor and assist in educational inservicing. Ability to assume charge role responsibilities.
Will consider graduate of a Sterile Processing Technician certification program who is certified as a Sterile Processing Technician I.
Must be available for 8-12 week full time day/night department orientation.
Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer
Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.