Under direct supervision, provides centralized support according to AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses), AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation), CDC (Center for Disease Control), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), OSHA (Occupation Safety and Health Administration), and department policy in the areas of terminal sterilization and sterilization monitoring systems, decontamination and disinfection, preparation of surgical instrument trays, durable patient care equipment, case cart distribution and the maintenance of predetermined inventory levels and dispensing and distribution of sterile and
non-sterile items from stock.
Maintain quality aseptic control procedures in a continuing effort to prevent and control the spread of infection with use of established PPE.
Serves as a resource person for sterilization, decontamination, case cart preparation, surgical instrumentation and patient care supplies.
Disassembles, decontaminates, cleans, sorts, inspects and assembles surgical instrument trays, case carts, procedure carts and durable medical care equipment using manufacturers recommended guidelines. AAMI and AORN standards of practice will be followed to ensure items are safe for handling.
Assembles surgical instrument trays using established count sheets.
Maintains loaner tray logs.
Sterilizes specialized, routine and other surgical instrumentation according to manufacturer, AORN and AAMI recommended guidelines and practices.
Responsible for all sterilizing and disinfection testing and monitoring of all sterilizers, washer/decontaminators, sonic, cart washer and OPA with documented results.
Establishes priority sterilization loads, develops load configuration based on weight and mass to aid in appropriate exposure to sterilant.
Ensures proper handling and storage of sterile instrumentation.
Will immediately isolate sterile items and initiate recall for positive biologicals or unmonitored loads.
Demonstrate knowledge of instrument tray inventory and location.
Builds accurate surgical case carts according to a prescribed Doctor Preference Card.
Transports at the end of the day, for the next day surgical cases, a prepared case cart for the first three scheduled surgical cases of each room. The carts are stored in the alcove outside of the assigned room.
Orders and receives supplies from storeroom, to include special orders and stock supplies. All items will be cross checked with receiver to ensure accuracy. Supplies will be rotated when placed on the shelves to ensure FIFO (first in-first out).
Will use inventory scanning device (@Par) to issue supplies. In cases of down time, will use the People Soft program on the computer.
Makes CREDO a part of their everyday actions and attitude.
Participates in activities that promote growth of self, i.e., JCAHO inservices, mandatory department, hospital and continuing education opportunities.
This list represents the major responsibilities and duties of the job, but is not intended to reflect all minor duties or other responsibilities assigned from time to time.
Education: High School graduate or equivalent
Licensure: Certification from ISHM or CBSPD required within in 6 months of hire or transfer.
Skills & Abilities: Must possess basic reading, math, and computer skills in order to access instrument tray and picklists. Must be able to distinguish between sterile and non-sterile; assure proper packaging techniques and appropriate sterilization cycles for all items. Must comprehend sterility maintenance, have a complete understanding of the sterilization process, and maintain a surgical conscience.