Sterile Processing Tech II - (CRCST Certified) Full Time Rotating Shift (Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital)
Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic

Darby, Pennsylvania

Posted in Medical and Nursing

Job Info

Employment Type:
Full time
Rotating Shift

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, a member of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, is looking for a CRCST Certified Sterile Processing Tech II to join our OR Team!

Employment Type:
Full Time

Rotating Shift

Knows, understands, incorporates, and demonstrates the Trinity Health Mission, Vision, and Values in behaviors, practices, and decisions.

Decontamination Responsibilities
• Maintains and assumes responsibility for the cleaning, decontamination and distribution of durable medical equipment and sterile trays and packs
• Practices safe techniques and displays working knowledge in operation of all processing equipment including washer/sterilizers, ultrasonic and steam sterilizer, aerators and heat sealers
• Consistently adheres to decontamination infection control standards appropriate for attire, including appropriate personal protective gear (i.e.; scrubs, goggles, mask, gown, hats, shoe covers, apron over gown)
• Cleans and inspects all surgical instruments appropriately
• Prepares all surgical trays according to tray list and policy
• Demonstrates proper use of surgical containers
• Prepares for steam sterilization
• Instruments
• Basin, tray, medicine cups
• Other (linen, synthetics)
• Prepares V Pro
• Chemical/biological indicators -- purpose, placement
• Packages materials appropriately
- Linen (covered cart transport system)
- Non-woven fabrics
- Paper and plastic
• Labels appropriately
- Contents and Protect equipment

• Assembles non-sterile components into trays with utilization guide sheets and packs them for sterilization
• Maintains and places sterilized items in sterile storage area practicing rotation of stock to prevent expiration of items
• Assumes all appropriate documentation/record keeping is prepared for items/equipment issued
• Adheres to standard of sterilization process
• Consistently adheres to sterilization infection control standards appropriate for attire, including appropriate personal protective gear (i.e.; scrubs, hat and shoe covers)
• Operates steam, sterrad and gas sterilizer according to manufacturer's guidelines
• Maintains integrity of all sterile packs and products

Inventory Management
• Complies with departmental standards in regard to inventory process
• Fills instrument trays with appropriate instruments
• Keep appropriate personnel informed of depleted stock
• Assumes stocking responsibilities as needed
• Orders supplies and OR stock supplies as needed
• Stores supplies appropriately
- Shelf life (material, packing, handling)
- Storage & rotate stock (conditions, temperature, humidity, cleanliness, shelving)

Departmental Process
• Adheres to infection control standards specific to patient care
• Responsible for learning policies and procedure and communicates to others
• Prioritizes and organizes work assignment and adjusts priorities based on changing situations
• Completes work within a predetermined time frame
• Promotes and maintains a safe, clean and orderly environment
• Refers ethical concerns to appropriate resources
• Communicates effectively with OR staff for delivery of instruments for care
• Function as a preceptor when necessary
• Demonstrates attributes necessary to function as a team member
• Recognizes roles of non-RN staff based on Hospital policy and State Board regulations

• Utilizes good body mechanics when lifting, pushing or pulling patients or objects
• Able to locate and demonstrate appropriate use of safety equipment:
- Gloves -- latex and latex free
- Masks / eye shields
- Gowns
• Demonstrates ability to process instrumentation safely
• Demonstrates safety precautions when wrapping instrument trays
• Demonstrates safety precautions when handling instruments
• Follows proper procedures when operating SPD equipment
• Reports all employee injuries (i.e. needlesticks) to supervisor and employee health promptly
• Performs appropriate monitoring, documentation and reporting procedures for quality assurance

Case Cart Maintenance
• Prepares Case Carts with instruments and supplies using pick list
• Confers with OR personnel as to schedule and changes to the daily schedule
• Prepares emergency Case Carts as directed
• Maintains inventory for implants, tissue and tendons
• Prepares Case Carts with specialty instrument preferred by physician
• Responsible to put away supplies and trays in Case Cart Room
• Communicate with OR tray assembly personnel for Case Cart needs

• Identifies self and department when answering the phone, utilizing departmental key words/ phases; refers issues to the appropriate staff
• Communicates effectively with other departments
• Reports to supervisor or manager any unusual or significant department activity
• Answers incoming calls and takes necessary action

Emergency Response
• Functions calmly and efficiently in an emergency situation
• Retrieves sterile instruments and supplies as requested
• Obtains additional supplies requested by code team if needed

Cross Training
• Responsible to train SPD personnel as relief
• Display working knowledge of all SPD positions

Other duties as needed and assigned by the manager.

Education and Training

High school diploma or equivalent;

Certification and LicensureCertified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) required

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to:
• Perform diversified duties with time limitations
• Learn aseptic techniques, sterilization processing, microbiology and all other related procedures and techniques.
• Plan and organize time effectively.
• Articulate and model the mission and values of Catholic health care clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups, both internal and external.

Prior sterilization, biological testing or operating room technician experience preferred;
Prior clinical experience required.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians across 25 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Our dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention, and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

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