915 Highland Blvd. Bozeman Montana 59715 United States
Posted: Mar 20, 2019
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.
Completion Of High School With Diploma or Equivalent GED
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
CRCST With IAHCSMM or CBSPD
CRCST & CIS with IAHCSMM (Certified Registered Central Service Technician - Certified Instrument Specialist)
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:
COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY:
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 for repair.
Set assembly using the most current count sheets to insure set accuracy.
Surgical set assembly from all service lines including, but not limited to, Ortho, Spinal, Neuro, Laparoscopic, ENT, Dental, Ophthalmology, General, GYN, and Vascular.
Prep & Pack, either wrapping surgical sets or peel packing surgical instrumentation.
Testing of insulated Laparoscopic instrumentation used for cauterisation to determine negative arcing.
Load Sterilization and preparation using either Steam Sterilization, or Gas Plasma depending on the MFG's IFU's.
Accurate and detailed load sterilization documentation.
Accurately monitoring and recording the biological reads to insure sterilizer kill, insuring patient safety for all departments and clinics throughout the organization.
Special attention to detail is especially important as it relates to the care and handling of flexible scopes. You will be expected to follow the MFG's IFU's for the cleaning, decontaminating, and sterilization of all flexible scope models, and not doing so the Technician understands that the patient will be put at risk for infection, or possibly death from infection.
Certified Technicians will precept Non-Certified Technicians with the direction of the Sterile Processing Coordinator. The SPD Coordinator will determine who will precept.
You will be expected to know the basic principles and parameters of each sterilization method, and to follow the MFG's IFU's in determining an items proper sterilization method.
Use of the EvoTech high level disinfector will be essential, having the experience to properly hook up flexible scopes according to the MFG's IFU's for each model flexible scope to insure proper disinfectant exposure is critical. Not doing so puts the patient at risk for infection or worse. It will be expected that the Technician understands the negative outcome for improper scope set up.
As a Certified Technician you will be responsible for inspecting surgical instrumentation for defects whether you are in decontamination or in set assembly, to determine if the item needs to go out for repair or sharpening.
20% Time Spent
Answering Phone Calls resolving instrument issues or equipment issues
Attending meetings and in-services
Participate in performance improvement activities
Participate in daily huddle relaying important issues/concerns to co-workers