The Sterile Processing Technician I performs routine sterile processing work in the decontamination, staging, assembly, testing, storage and distribution of medical equipment, supplies and instruments in a medical facility.
This is the first level of a three-level series. Employees in this level may be in training to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Sterile Processing Technician II, including sterilization tasks.
1. Cleaning and Decontamination: sorts, cleans, and decontaminates soiled instruments by utilizing proper manual and mechanical techniques. cleans and decontaminates medical equipment as needed. May operate Immediate-Use-Steam-Sterilizers (IUSS) according to standards of practice and maintains sterility assurance at all times, including transport of sterile instruments to the Operating Rooms under strict sterile conditions.
2. Staging, Inspection, Assembly and Packaging of Instruments: Sorts clean instrument sets by type. Inspects and tests them for proper function. Assembles them according to quantity based on a count sheet. Packages or places them in a rigid container for sterilization.
3. Inventory Control and Distribution: Checks stock of supplies on an ongoing basis to ensure sufficient inventory. Maintains inventory records. Maintains computer-based record of instrument sets decontaminated, assembled, dispensed, and to whom. Restocks specialty carts for the Operating Rooms. Practices the First In-First-Out (FIFO) method of stocking and distributing supplies. Answers all Operating Room calls for supplies and instrument sets. Transports and picks up sterile and non-sterile instruments. Picks case carts for all Operating Room cases, including supplies and sterile instruments and other items based on a surgeon's procedure card.
4. Miscellaneous: May function in the role of a Materials Assistant or Operating Room care support, including maintaining their inventory.
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