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Sterile Processing Technician, Senior

Company: University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: April 1, 2024

Job Description:

OverviewAs a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AAThis position is responsible for sterilizing and decontaminating surgical instruments and supplies for use in the operating room, and throughout the hospitals and clinics. Assembles surgical cart, and tracks and maintains the total inventory of instruments, disposables, and implants. Employee is responsible for the monitoring of biological and chemical indicators to ensure quality and consistency for sterilization of instruments and medical supplies. This position is not responsible for providing patient care.Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our five hospitals and eleven clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.Responsibilities* Prepares and sterilizes surgical instruments and supplies according to established procedures and techniques.* Assembles special procedure trays, surgical instrument trays and case carts.* Delivers sterilized supplies to, and retrieves used supplies and trays from hospital department and clinic locations.* Inspects and ensures proper functioning of instruments and equipment; facilitates the replenishment of low, broken or missing items.* Documents patient charges for the use of supplies and procedure trays.* Restocks labels and maintains inventory; submits requisitions; collects and distributes instrument trays and carts and facility medical supplies.* Verifies that equipment functions properly and verifies the repair or replacement of defective equipment.* Sorts sets of instrument trays and medical equipment and makes them available to sterile processing customers in a timely manner.Knowledge / Skills / Abilities* Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.* Demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills.* Basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.* Ability to accurately detect blood that may remain on instruments before proceeding with the next step of sterilization.* Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.* Ability to perform environmental maintenance duties and assists in maintaining inventory levels.* Ability to work and communicate with clients and customers to satisfy their expectations.* Demonstrated ability to acquire and utilize a comprehensive understanding of various sterilizers and sterilization methods, understand departmental supply requests and determine appropriate alternative supplies in the case of unavailability, prioritize workload and requests for supplies and trays.* Ability to be on-call, work weekends, holidays and rotate shifts as needed.* Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.* Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.QualificationsQualificationsRequired* Six months of prior sterile processing experience.Licenses Required* One of the following* Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) certification and maintenance of certification.* Current certification through the Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.Qualifications (Preferred)Working Conditions and Physical DemandsEmployee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.* This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds any may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects. The incumbent may face exposure to potentially dangerous contaminated body fluids, used needles, razor blades, knives, bone shavings, pieces of glass, and other contaminants as part of the daily hazards of the job and must wear protective attire at all times. The position also requires standing or walking for long periods of time.Physical RequirementsCarrying, Color Determination, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking

Keywords: University of Utah, Salt Lake City , Sterile Processing Technician, Senior, Professions , Salt Lake City, Utah

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