Job Code: 2368
The Instrument Technician is responsible for the proper decontamination of all instruments and disassembling, cleaning, lubricating, packaging, and wrapping as well as sterilizing all instruments utilizing one of the following 3 methods of sterilization: steam, Steris, or Sterrad. Adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as appropriate based on the level of patient contact this position requires.
INTEGRIS Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The Instrument Technician responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Ensures that all instruments are rapidly decontaminated for turnover procedures and that instrument sets are assembled according to count sheets
Completes the necessary processes for sterilization; keeps records of cleaning of all steam sterilizers in the department
Is responsible for assembling and maintaining sterilization charts for the following sterilizers: steam, Steris, and Sterrad
Performs an inventory review and orders and restocks the supplies needed for the autoclaving processes
Is responsible for determining the need for and the replacement of routine instruments and initiates repairs and purchase orders with director approval
The Instrument Technician reports to the assigned supervisor.
Required Physical Demands (Subject to Reasonable Accommodation):
Keyboarding/Dexterity: Occasionally; activity exists up to 1/3 of the time
Standing/Walking: Constantly; activity exits up to 2/3 of the time
Strength (Lift/Carry/Push/Pull): Heavy (Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects)
Talking (Must be able to effectively communicate verbally): Yes
Color Acuity (Must be able to distinguish and identify colors): Yes
This position may have additional or varied physical demand and/or respiratory fit test requirements. Please consult the Physical Demands Project SharePoint site or contact Risk Management/Employee Health for additional information.
This position includes the potential for exposure to numerous environmental hazards and contaminants including blood and body fluids from needles, suction,
splashing, and instruments. Exposure to chemicals may occur from handling cleaning solvents and the equipment and supplies involved with Sterrad, Steris, and steam sterilization. Inhalational contamination from anesthesia gases may also occur. Electrical exposure may occur from using the sterilization units used for processing. There is a potential for physical hazards due to injuries related to lifting, slipping, and moving heavy equipment. The physical environment also includes exposure to noisy work areas, physical exertion, disagreeable odors, and emergency situations that require quick judgment. There will be daily encounters that require accurate prioritization. The applicant must wear protective clothing including rubber gloves, masks, goggles, gowns, and aprons.
All applicants will receive consideration regardless of membership in any protected status as defined by applicable state or federal law, including protected veteran or disability status.
Knowledge of preparing and sterilizing surgical instruments and supplies preferred
Must be able to communicate effectively in English