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Sterile Processing Tech

Company: MercyOne Des Moines Med Ctr
Location: West Des Moines
Posted on: August 5, 2022

Job Description:

MercyOne Central Iowa operates four not-for-profit Catholic medical centers in Des Moines West Des Moines Newton and Centerville and two specialty hospitals - MercyOne Children's Hospital in Des Moines and MercyOne Rehabilitation Hospital in Clive (965 beds total) - along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care pediatric internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893 MercyOne Central Iowa has the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state with more than 7000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1000 physicians and allied health associates. MercyOne Central Iowa is a member of MercyOne which was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health - two of the country's foremost not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. MercyOne has more than 20000 colleagues in Iowa and surrounding states.
Job Summary / PurposeThe Sterile Processing Tech I is responsible for the building and coordination of instruments and case carts between the Operating Room, Ancillary departments and Sterile Processing. - Coordinates case carts, add-ons and will serve as a contact person in Sterile Processing for each service in the Operating Room. - Will have direct contact with physicians, nurses, and scrub techs. - Will clean, decontaminate, prepare, assemble, and sterilize surgical instrumentation and related equipment used by surgical services and other clinical departments. Sterile Processing Technician Certification PreferredEssential Key Job Responsibilities -COMMUNICATION/INFORMATION MANAGEMENTDemonstrates and facilitates effective departmental and inter-departmental communications.Consistently responds to departmental and inter-departmental needs in a prompt, accurate, clear, and precise manner.Consistently informs appropriate individuals about problems involving equipment, supplies, instruments, implants, etc.Consistently maintains continuity of communications - -COMPETENCY TO CLEAN AND DECONTAMINATE INSTRUMENTS, SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT, AND CASE CARTSUses care in handling instruments, identifies heat sensitive items, and separates delicate items to prevent damage.Consistently keeps washers loaded and operating.Knowledgeable of the basic use of surgical instruments.Keeps accurate records of all instruments received and cleaned.Follows cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization procedures per manufacturer's instructions. - -COMPETENCY TO PROCESS IMPLANTSConsistently inspects the integrity of implant packaging to ensure sterility.Assembles implant sets, emergency carts, and trays with minimal assistanceConsistently processes, checks, and labels implants in a timely, accurate, and legible manner with minimal assistance.Replaces all items needed to complete implant sets and specialty carts with minimal assistance.Records requests for implants on the record form.Consistently maintains a clean and orderly work area. - -COMPETENCY TO PROCESS INSTRUMENTS, SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT, SETS, TRAY, AND CASE CARTSConsistently inspects instruments for sharpness, deterioration, alignment, and cleanliness. - Inspects all serration and cannulations according to policy.Uses care in handling instruments, identifies heat sensitive items, and separates delicate items to prevent damage.Checks the condition of instrument containers prior to use.Ensures that appropriate sterilization indicators and filters are placed in the instrument pan(s) prior to sterilization.Consistently follows specified checklist when assembling instrument sets/trays.Consistently labels/initials instrument sets and equipment accurately, legibly and in a timely manner.Consistently ensures that instrument sets are complete prior to sterilization; records all missing tag items that are not replaced in instrument sets.Consistently keeps conveyor unloaded and cleared of trays.Knowledgeable of the basic use of surgical instruments.Correctly processes workload (case cart, power equipment, decontaminating equipment, scopes, etc.) and determines processing/cleaning priorities.Follows cleaning procedure per manufacturer's instructions.Displays knowledge in identifying surgical instrumentation. - - -COMPETENCY TO MAINTAIN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT SUPPORTS ASEPSIS AND SAFETYUnderstands and practices basis aseptic principles.Understands the importance of precisely following guidelines for decontamination and loading washers as outlined by policy and procedure.Demonstrates understanding of basic principles of all types of sterilization methods used at SVIMC and operates/maintains sterilizers according to the manufacturer's recommendations.Is prompt and loads sterilizers in the correct manner.Checks printouts at the beginning of the sterilization cycle, and at frequent intervals during the cycle and at the end of the cycle to ensure proper function.Performs daily appropriate testing for sterilizers according to manufacturer's instructions (Bowie-Dick, biological 3M Attest).Keeps accurate and legible ledger on all sterilization test results.Prepares cleaning solution accurately and maintains adequate level of cleaner in the washer.Understands and complies with infection control policies and procedures such as hand washing, containment of infections agents/materials.Attends in-service programs and complies with general safety guidelines, fire safety rules, hazard communications, emergency codes and procedures.Uses care in operating all equipment and carts; sinks are cleaned.Sterilizer drains are free of debris and cleaned daily. - -The job summary and responsibilities listed above are designed to indicate the general nature of the work performed within this job. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all job responsibilities required of employees assigned to this job. Employees may be required to perform other duties as assigned.
High School diploma, GED, Metropolitan Test or equivalentProof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abusetraining specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.Knowledge of surgical supplies, instruments and equipment.

Keywords: MercyOne Des Moines Med Ctr, West Des Moines , Sterile Processing Tech, Other , West Des Moines, Iowa

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