The Sterile Processing Technician understands the principles of and is responsible for cleaning, disinfecting and/or sterilizing medical supplies, instruments and equipment. Prepares treatment and procedure trays and instruments, and wraps medical devices. Maintains the sterile supply storage room and is responsible for receiving and distributing departmental supplies and equipment. Processes and completes patient charges and credits. Serves as a preceptor for new staff. The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Processes all contaminated instruments and supplies in Endoscopy.
Checks all equipment/instruments needed, prior to each procedure, to ensure proper functioning. Equipment malfunctions, repairs are reported to the GI lab Nurse Manager.
Cleans and decontaminates all equipment and instruments using the proper tools and cleaning agents.
Knowledgeable regarding handling and care of instruments and special procedure items.
Inspects all instruments and equipment for missing parts, items in need of repair. Performs general maintenance of instruments and equipment as needed.
Isolates equipment and instruments in need of repair; reports needed repairs Endoscopy Manager.
Performs proper packaging and preparation of all applicable instruments/equipment/supplies for sterilization. Monitors sterility dates on supplies.
Uses knowledge of sterilization principles to correctly wrap or package items for sterilization.
Follows written procedures for the cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of endoscopes and related instruments; knows responsibilities and necessity for chemical and biological monitoring.
Consults with other staff members, when in question or unfamiliar with equipment or procedure.
Properly loads, operates and cleans all sterilizers.
Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly.
Applies aseptic techniques in daily work assignments. Performs general cleaning of work surface/areas, sinks, sterilizers, racks, shelves and other storage areas.
Possesses knowledge of and uses personal protective equipment correctly and consistently.
Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
Assists with processing department supply charges and any other clerical work related to the Endoscopy, as requested.
Works closely with Manager of Endoscopy; assists with orientation for new personnel.
Assists with monitoring and maintaining stock of chemical, linens, peel packs, etc.
Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
Communicates appropriately and clearly to Endoscopy Manager, Sterile Processing staff, and Hospital staff.
Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.
Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees.Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ and ‘confidence’.Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to o...ur commitment: good care one can put faith in.Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.To learn more about our services, continue looking through our website at WWW.BENEFIS.ORG or call 406.455.5000.