Under general supervision, performs responsible technical work in cleaning, decontaminating, preparing and sterilizing surgical and procedure trays and surgical case carts; maintains inventory and stock for patient care materials and supplies; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
This is the journey level class in the Sterile Processing Technician series. Incumbents are fully trained in all aspects of cleaning, decontaminating, inspecting, packing and sterilizing surgical instruments and medical devices, and the accounting, control, inventory and requisitioning of medical supplies and equipment needed for patient care; may serve as a lead worker for an assigned shift. This class differs from Sterile Processing Technician I in that incumbents of the latter class perform work under close supervision. This class differs from the Sterile Processing Technician Supervisor in that incumbents of the latter class supervise technical and support staff and perform more complex duties.
Receives and sorts surgical equipment being returned for decontamination and reprocessing; removes gross soil; manually cleans, disinfects, and/or decontaminates items; loads, unloads and monitors the operations of automatic washers and other equipment; tests equipment for proper functioning before releasing it for use.
Inspects and processes trays and other equipment from decontamination area; operates and monitors steam and gas sterilizers; checks daily biological results; assembles and wraps trays and other items for sterilization; monitors expired sterilization dates and rotates stock to minimize re-sterilization.
Cleans and disinfects all surgical case carts; cleans and disinfects patient care equipment and orthopedic traction equipment; maintains clean and sanitary work areas.
Prepares and restocks surgical case carts using physician preference cards; restocks processed storage area; prepares, double checks and stages case carts for surgery.
Fills requests for and issues medical supplies and patient care equipment; distributes supplies and equipment to units in a timely manner.
Develops, organize and maintain computerized inventory system, including product research, requisitions, storage, quality assurance, billing and inventory control.
Serves as a liaison with other health care providers and support agencies to obtain, borrow or loan out highly specialized equipment; arranges for transportation and/or setup of such equipment; maintains resources list for special equipment needs.
Participates in the development of procedures, forms and work methods; assists in developing and conducting employee training programs
Participates in educational programs and in-service meetings as required; may serve as a lead worker depending on shift assignment.
Experience: One year experience equivalent to a Sterile Processing Technician I in San Joaquin County service. Education: Successful completion of a training program as a medical instrument technician or sterile processing technician through a training program approved by San Joaquin General Hospital.
Substitution: Possession of a current certification in sterile processing techniques issued by the National Institute for the Certification of Healthcare Sterile Processing and Distribution Personnel (NICHSPDP) OR the California Central Service Association (CCSA) will substitute for the required education.
Basic medical terminology; sterilization methods, supply distribution, storage and inventory control; basic filing and recordkeeping systems; sterilization, equipment and parts common to acute care hospitals; basic computer and computer software relevant to department operations; safety rules and regulations in the operations of equipment.
Clean, sterilize, assemble and store medical supplies and equipment according to established standards and procedures; train others in sterile processing standards and procedures; utilize standard office procedures and equipment; operate computers and related software; read and use manufacturer’s catalogs and parts lists; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers, vendors and agencies; communicate effectively with coworkers and the public.
Mobility-Operating a data entry device; frequent standing and walking for prolonged periods of time; occasional bending, stooping, and reaching overhead; Lifting-Lifting of 30 pounds or less; push case carts weighing up to 100 pounds; Vision-Constant use of overall visual capabilities; frequent need for color perception, hand/eye coordination, reading and/or close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing and talking of normal speech in person and on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact; occasional exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death; occasional working alone; Special Requirements-May require working weekends/nights/overtime; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional risk of exposure to hazardous materials, dirt dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation and indoor cold/heat.