Palmetto Health Sterile Processing Tech in Columbia, South Carolina
To disassemble complex instruments, supplies and equipment; sorts and inspects for damage and reports needed repairs. Selects the mode of decontamination best suited for items on hand. Assembles, prepares and packages instrument trays, surgical instruments, needles, syringes and special instruments. Determines the appropriate sterilization method and applies corresponding chemical indicator.
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Disassembles complex instruments and equipment. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments and body fluids by wiping, soaking, rinsing, scrubbing and using ultrasonic or other mechanical methods, as applicable.
Reassembles equipment and other complex medical devices that require skill and careful positioning of parts to include vast surgical instrument trays.
Insures proper handling of all scopes and delicate micro and cardiovascular surgical instruments.
Operates sonic cleaners, instrument washers, Cidex machines and dryers. Also operates steam sterilizers, gas sterilizers, aerators and heat seal machines. Checks all autoclave recording devices to insure proper operation.
Conserves supplies and materials by careful handling and strict adherence to specific quantities of supplies that are listed for each tray assembled.
Maintains production records to be used in accounts payable reports. Records all manufactured goods.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education: High school diploma, GED or equivalent preferred.
Experience: One year experience working with surgical instruments and equipment preferred
Licensure, Registry, or Certification: Certification in Sterile Processing through IAHCSMM or CBSPD preferred. Team members are required to obtain certification within ONE year of meeting the eligibility requirements to sit for the certification exam. Eligibility is defined by CBSPD as "completion of 12 months of full-time employment performing SPD activities".
Special Training: Minimum 1 year on-the-job training to include an understanding of medical and surgical instrument supply and terminology; basic principles of microbiology and aseptic technique.