University of Utah Health Care

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Sterile Processing Technician I

Sterile Processing Technician I

Requisition Number 
27065
Reg/Temp 
Regular
Employment Type 
Full-Time
Shift 
Evening
Work Schedule 
M-F 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Location Name 
Orthopaedic Center
Patient Care? 
No
City 
SALT LAKE CITY
State 
UT
Department 
UOC ANC 40A CNTRL STERILE PROC
Category 
Patient Care Support / Technicians

More information about this job

Overview

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position is responsible for sterilizing and decontaminating surgical instruments and supplies for use in the operating room and throughout the hospital and clinics. Assembles surgical carts, tracks and maintains the total inventory of instruments, disposables, and implants. Employee is responsible for the monitoring of biological and chemical indicators to ensure quality and consistency for sterilization of instruments and medical supplies.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

Responsibilities

  • Prepares and sterilizes surgical instruments and supplies according to established procedures and techniques.
  • Verifies that equipment functions properly, and verifies the repair or replacement of defective instruments.
  • Sorts sets of instrument trays, and medical equipment and makes them available to sterile processing customers in a timely manner.
  • Assembles special procedure trays, surgical instrument trays and case carts.
  • Delivers sterilized supplies to, and retrieves used supplies and trays from hospital department and clinic locations.
  • Inspects and ensures proper functioning of instruments and equipment; facilitates the replenishment of low, broken or missing items.
  • Documents patient charges for the use of supplies and procedure trays.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.
  • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to accurately detect blood that may remain on instruments before proceeding with the next step of sterilization.
  • Ability to perform environmental maintenance duties and assists in maintaining inventory levels.
  • Ability to work and communicate with clients and customers to satisfy their expectations.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire and utilize a comprehensive understanding of various sterilizers and sterilization methods; understand departmental supply requests and determine appropriate alternative supplies in the case of unavailability; prioritize workload and requests for supplies and trays.
  • Ability to wear appropriate protective attire.
  • Ability to regularly lift and carry a variety of equipment weighing from 10 to 50 pounds, as well as standing and walking for long periods of time.
  • Ability to be on-call, work weekends, holidays and rotate shifts as needed.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Required

  • High school diploma or equivalency.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Preferred

  • Work experience in a medical setting.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds any may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects. The incumbent may face exposure to potentially dangerous contaminated body fluids, used needles, razor blades, knives, bone shavings, pieces of glass, and other contaminants as part of the daily hazards of the job and must wear protective attire at all times. The position also requires standing or walking for long periods of time.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking