University of Utah Health Care

  • Sterile Processing Technician III

    Requisition Number
    29893
    Reg/Temp
    Regular
    Employment Type
    Full-Time
    Shift
    Variable
    Work Schedule
    Monday-Friday
    Location Name
    Huntsman Cancer Hospital
    Patient Care?
    No
    City
    SALT LAKE CITY
    State
    UT
    Department
    HCH CST 60O SURGICAL PROCESSG
    Category
    Surgical Services
  • Overview

    As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health 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 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. The incumbent assembles surgical carts, tracks and maintains the total inventory of instruments, disposables, and implants. The 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 supervises the daily activities of the other employees by evaluating performance, scheduling work shifts, coordinating and conducting training and in-services, monitoring quality control, and safety processes.

    This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

    Responsibilities

    • Prepares and sterilizes surgical instruments and supplies according to established procedures and techniques.
    • 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.
    • Restocks labels and maintains inventory; submits requisitions; collects, distributes instrument trays, carts and facility medical supplies.
    • Verifies that equipment functions properly, and verifies the repair or replacement of defective equipment.
    • Sorts sets of instruments, trays and medical equipment and makes them available to sterile processing customers in a timely manner.
    • May order supplies as needed.
    • Assists with maintaining established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality improvement, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
    • May supervise the daily activities of the other employees by evaluating performance, coordinating and scheduling work shifts, conducting training and in-services, monitoring quality control and safety processes.
    • Participates in and supports continuous quality improvement activities.

    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 work independently without direction.
    • 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 assist 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.
    • Two years of work experience in Sterile Processing or related area.

    Licenses Required

    • One of the following
      • Current certification through the Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).
      • International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) certification and maintenance of certification.
    * Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

    Qualifications (Preferred)

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

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