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The Sterile Instrument Technician performs duties related to the care, sterilization, packaging and disbursement of surgical equipment and supplies under direct supervision from the Clinical Director and Lead Surgical Technician.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Cleans instruments to prepare them for sterilization
Demonstrates proper care, handling and disposal of sharps. Demonstrates proper care and handling of blood and secretions
Collects and/or receives needles, syringes, gloves, linen, trays and other supplies used in the daily operation of the surgical center
Operates and maintains steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads and maintenance procedures performed
Packages and wraps equipment and supplies in accordance with prescribed sterile procedures
Organizes and assembles routine and specialty surgical instrument trays, linen and other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed
Examines equipment/instruments for damage
Records sterilizer test results- chemical, biological, bowie-dick
Starts equipment and observes gauges and equipment operation to detect malfunctions and to ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Reports defective equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff
Checks sterile supplies to ensure they are not outdated
Maintains storage rooms in a neat and orderly manner in keeping with the highest standards of sanitation
Follows standard operating procedures for a central sterile supply service
Participates in Quality Assurance activities as assigned
Performs related duties as assigned
The essential qualities necessary include, but are not limited to:
Superior customer service skills
Great interpersonal skills; demonstrating patience, composure and cooperation; working well with all patients, physicians and staff.
Understanding of and adherence to all safety, risk management and precautionary procedures, including the consistent respect for confidentiality (HIPAA)
Education / Experience
High School diploma or equivalent GED
12 months of experience in a medical, health care or laboratory setting or a closely related setting using sterile procedures
Completed formal Central Services Technician Course
Knowledge of aseptic techniques
Effective interpersonal communication skills
Skill in maintenance of equipment
Skill in operation and monitoring of specialized equipment (e.g. autoclaves, sterilizers, ultrasonic cleaners, case carts, etc)
Some bending and stretching required. Use of telephone is required.
Manual dexterity required for use of computer keyboard.
Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 25 pounds. Requires working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours.
The work environment/physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions and the essential requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and requirements of a person so classified. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change the duties at any time.
How we are protecting team members from COVID-19? Employee and patient health and safety is our top priority. At Proliance, we are adhering to CDC, State and local orders regarding COVID-19 and have implemented processes and precautions across our facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Following the most recent vaccination mandate for healthcare workers in Washington State, and our commitment to the health and safety of our employees and patients, all Proliance employees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire, or proof of a medical or religious exemption.
Proliance Surgeons offers a generous benefits package including Medical/RX, Dental, Vision, 401k with profit sharing and more! Plus ALL of our employees enjoy the free perks of our employee purchasing program offering a variety of discounts on purchases made every day – including cell phone service!
Proliance Surgeons is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment, and we welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and skills to apply.
All employment decisions at Proliance Surgeons are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
Proliance Seattle Surgery Center
Ambulatory Surgery Center
900 Terry Avenue Third Floor Seattle, WA 98104-4230