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sterile services Tech - sterile processing

Company: North Oaks Health System
Location: Hammond
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Status: Full Time

Shift: M-F 2:30-11PM rotating every 3-4 weekends

Exempt: No


The Sterile Services Technician provides vital support to all areas of patient care and interacts with personnel from all areas of the hospital and clinic network.The department is the center of all activity involving supplies and equipment needed for surgery and other patient care areas.

Other information:


High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Medical assistant, PCT or EMT training with 2 years' work experience in a healthcare field


Nursing assistant training


One year experience sterile tech


One year of college required.

Physical Demands:










The Sterile Services Technician will be responsible for the following tasks and knowledge necessary to perform his/her duties.

I.Cleaning, Decontamination and Disinfection

A.Demonstrates knowledge of departmental safety standards.

B.Demonstrates knowledge of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

C.Demonstrates knowledge of Temperature and Humidity standards.

D.Prepares work area for decontam.

E.Demonstrates proper technique in performing quality tests.

F.Operates and troubleshoots cleaning equipment.

G.Differentiates disposable items from non-disposable items.

H.Prepares items for decontamination.

I.Cleans and decontaminates non-disposable items (equipment and instruments).

J.Selects appropriate disinfectant.

K.Transfers items to preparation area.

L.Extensive knowledge of all decontamination equipment:

1.Washer disinfectors

2.AGS System

3.Cart washers

4.Sonic washers

II.Preparation and Packaging

A.Ensures Temperature and Humidity standards.

B.Prepares the work area for packaging.

C.Receives items for preparation.

D.Inspects items for cleanliness and functionality.

E.Selects items for assembly.

F.Assembles items for packing.

G.Selects appropriate packaging method.

H.Extensive knowledge of sterilization processes:

1.Steam/hi vac

2.Hydrogen peroxide plasma

I.Extensive knowledge of IFU.

J.Appropriately labels trays, peel pouches, containers.

K.Transfers items to appropriate area.

III.Documentation and Record Maintenance

A.Maintains records per departmental policies.

B.Performs quality tests per departmental policies.

C.Completes hospital incidents via Quantros.

D.Reports employee incidents to manager and documents per hospital policy.

E.Working knowledge of TDoc system and appropriate usage.

IV.Sterilization Process

A.Demonstrates knowledge of Temperature/Humidity standards and what to report if not within parameters.

B.Prepares work area for sterilization.

C.Performs sterilizer tests per departmental policy.

D.Receives items for sterilization.

E.Operates sterilizer demonstrating how to select and change the cycle, appropriate use of external indicators and internal indicators.

F.Demonstrates understanding of pre-sterilization package integrity.

G.Demonstrates understanding of how to load sterilizers.

H.Unloads sterilizer using proper body mechanics, ergonomics and traffic flow and PPE.

I.Inspects package integrity post sterilization process.

J.Interprets test results and process failure.

K.Documents sterilization load contents.

L.Transfer sterilized items to storage and distribution.

V.Customer Relations

A.Responds courteously to customer requests.

B.Communicates effectively.

C.Demonstrates knowledge of medical terminology.

D.Participates on internal and external teams to problem solve issues (Staff Engagement).

E.Demonstrates where and how to access facility and departmental policies and procedures and is accountable for this information.

VI.Sterile Storage and Inventory Management

A.Demonstrates understanding of Temperature and Humidity and what to do if not within parameters.

B.Assists to keep work areas clean and tidy.

C.Orders inventory as appropriate.

D.Receives and inspects inventory.

E.Stocks and rotates supplies.

F.Distributes sterile and non-sterile items.

G.Monitors usage and tracks inventory per T-doc.

H.Disposes of inventory per hospital guidelines.

VII.Patient Care Equipment

A.Receives equipment from the Operating Room, clinics and all other patient care areas to be decontaminated and processed.

B.Receives and follows process for recording and tracking rental equipment or loaners.

C.Inspects equipment for cleanliness and functionality.

D.Follows directions for assembly, care and handling of equipment including battery charging or replacement.

E.Stores equipment per departmental guidelines.

F.Distributes equipment timely and to appropriate departments.

G.Follows processes for reporting repair and safety inspection needs to Biomed.


A.Precepts new employees as needed.

B.Performs other duties as required.

C.Follows North Oaks Health System's Compliance Program and Federal and State Regulatory Guidelines and Policy/Procedures.

IX.Maintain an employment record in accordance with hospital policy.

A.Complies with attendance policies.

B.Reports all accidents and injuries.

C.Adheres to acceptable dress code.

D.Shares in the responsibility of providing "on call" coverage as needed.


A.Precepts new employees as needed.

B.Performs other duties as required.

C.Follows North Oaks Health System's Compliance Program and Federal and State Regulatory Guidelines and Policy/Procedures.

Keywords: North Oaks Health System, New Orleans , sterile services Tech - sterile processing, Other , Hammond, Louisiana

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