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CERTIFIED STERILE PROCESSING TECH - CERTIFIED

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Bozeman, MT
  • Posted: September 09, 2019
  • Full-Time
  • POSITION DESCRIPTION

    • POSITION SUMMARY
      • The Certified Sterile Processing Technician plays a critical role in preventing Hospital Acquired Infections, (HAI's), throughout the organization. He or She will provide knowledge based support using current best practices as set by IAHCSMM, CBSPD, AAMI ST79, and AORN, in support of Surgical Services, Labor & Delivery, Cath Lab, X-Ray/Radiology, Cancer Treatment Center, Endoscopy, Urology Associates, and all other ancillary departments and outlying clinics that depend on the support services of the Sterile Processing Department for the cleaning, decontamination, high level disinfection, assembly, and sterilization of surgical instrumentation, medical devices and equipment, clinical instrumentation, and all other related items within the organization that are specifically defined by the manufacturers IFU's requiring the services of the Sterile Processing Department. Certified Sterile Processing Technicians will be efficient in all areas of surgical service instrumentation, including but not limited to, Ortho, Spinal, Neuro, Laparoscopic, ENT, Dental, Ophthalmology, General, GYN, and Vascular. Certified Sterile Processing Technicians will also have the knowledge and training in the specialty area of flexible scope handling and their cleaning, decontamination, high level disinfection and or sterilization, and the use of high level disinfection processors for flexible scopes. The Certified Technician will know how to navigate and obtain the Manufacturers IFU's for any items that come through the Sterile Processing Department using OneSourceDocs. Certified Technicians will be expected to understand the importance of wearing proper PPE when working in Decontamination, and He or She will be expected to understand the functions and principles of proper decontamination as it relates to the sterilization process. Understanding the importance of the proper measurement allocation of enzymatics and detergents for the purpose of removing bioburden will be expected. Understanding the principles and meanings of Disinfected, High level disinfection, and Sterilization will be expected. In the event that the High Level Disinfection Processer, EvoTech or otherwise, should be out of service, the Certified Sterile Processing Technician will be expected to know how to manually clean, leak test, and disinfect any model flexible scope following the Manufacturers IFU's. This would mean using the correct brushes, detergents and or enzymatics, flushing, drying, and the correct method of high level disinfection or sterilization cycle to complete the process. The Certified Technician will be expected to understand that not following the Manufacturers IFU's for proper manual cleaning as set fourth could result in patient illness or even death. The Certified SPD Technician will be responsible for knowing how to set up a flexible scope according to the Manufacturers IFU's in our High Level Disinfector, EvoTech, using the correct tubing and connectors, to the correct ports, for proper high level disinfection of the flexible scope. The Certified Technician will be expected to understand that not doing so is a critical patient safety issue that may result in illness or even death to the patient. Certified Technicians will understand the importance of documentation as it relates to sterilization load preparation, biological monitoring, equipment testing, and incident reporting. It will be expected that He or She will know what the accreditation agencies such as the DNV or JCAHO would be looking for when it comes to Sterile Processing, and what the consequences would be to our department and organization if we are not following correct protocol.
  • REQUIREMENTS
    • EDUCATION
      • Required:
          • Completion Of High School With Diploma or Equivalent GED
      • Preferred:
          • College Course Work in Microbiology, Medical Terminology - CRCST Certification Substitutes for college course work since the National Exam includes Medical Terminology and Microbiology, which is part of the course work study in the Central Service Technical Manual Eighth Edition.

    • LICENSURE and CERTIFICATION
      • Required:
          • CRCST With IAHCSMM or CBSPD
      • Preferred:
          • CRCST & CIS with IAHCSMM (Certified Registered Central Service Technician - Certified Instrument Specialist)

    • EXPERIENCE
      • Required:
          • CRCST
      • Preferred:
          • 2 Years Experience W/CRCST, Will consider 3 years Experience with no Certification with the expectation/requirement of obtaining Certification, CRSCT, within 18 months of hire date to maintain employment with Bozeman Deaconess Hospital

    • KNOWLEDGE OF,  SKILLS IN, ABILITY TO, COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULY:
      • KNOWLEDGE OF:
      • SKILLS IN:
      • ABILITY TO:
      • COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY:
  • ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
    • 80% Time Spent

      • Decontamination of surgical instrumentation, flexible scopes, and medical equipment based on the MFG's IFU's and standards of practice as set fourth by IAHCSMM, CBSPD, AORN, and AAMI ST79.
      • Knowledge base in the proper use of Enzymatics and Detergents understanding proper measurement allocation for proper and safe bioburden removal.
      • Must understand the importance of the proper use and choice of cleaning tools for the decontamination process on all items to be decontaminated, following the Manufacturers IFU's.
      • The testing of power equipment used in ortho cases to demonstrate full functionality and to determine if handpieces or attachments need to go out for repair.
      • Technician will be inspecting rigid scopes for clarity, and polishing if necessary, before making the determination if they should be sent out

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital

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