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Sterile Processing Technician

Aspen Valley Hospital

This is a Contract position in Boulder, CO posted September 20, 2020.

The Certified Sterile Processing Technician cleans, disinfects and sterilizes all instruments and equipment for surgical procedures and patient care. The Certified SPD Technician performs all daily biological and sterile supply testing and maintains logs for each. The Certified Sterile Processing Technician functions throughout facility to organize and direct equipment needs to units. The Certified SPD Technician assists clinical patient operations as needed with endoscopy procedures and clinics. The Certified SPD Technician Stocks and orders supplies for units as directed. The SPD tech will be responsible for understanding and being fully involved in completion of competencies based on AVH policies, AORN, AAMI, IAHCMM and SGNA standards that are used as guidelines for SPD Practices. The Certified SPD Technician will be an active member of the entire department, with the ability to help in roles outside of surgically specific job duties if needed. The Certified SPD Technician will work collaboratively with others within the department to ensure an efficient, professional and respectful environment. The Certified SPD Technician will work with other departments as well, in regards to patient safety and communicationPrimary Scope of Responsibilities:* Cleans, disinfects and sterilizes equipment and sterile supplies according to hospital policy and central processing standards.* Correctly operates steam sterilizers, Steris, ultrasonic cleaner, scope processors and washer/sterilizer.* Daily correctly wraps and labels sterile supplies per procedure.* Discards any outdated patient chargeable supplies on a monthly basis.* Restocks exchange carts for clinical units as directed, utilizing stock lists.* Cleans, stores and delivers equipment as needed to clinical units.* Communicates with staff, supervisor and Biomed regarding equipment availability and repair needs.* Sterilizes and prepares equipment for satellite facilities and or physicians offices as directed by supervisor.* Monitors Quality Assurance indicators as defined by supervisor.* Daily maintains all Proof of Sterility logs for the steam sterilizer and Evotech per departmental procedure.* Documents biological log for steam sterilizer per departmental procedure on a daily basis.* Assess all loads for indicators of successful sterilization cycle.* Strive to achieve certification within six months of hire date.* Assists clinical staff during scheduled endoscopy procedure days and outpatient clinic days to promote efficient case turnover and equipment preparation.* Fully stocks all clinical units on a daily basis by collaborating with materials department staff and unit staff.* Performs general clerical duties for department.* The Certified SPD Technician will be responsible for working on Policies and Procedures, Preference Cards and other needed projects as assigned by the Lead SPD Tech, Director or Perioperative Charge Nurse for the department when not engaged in cases.* The Certified SPD Technician will responsibly document Charges in both the EMR as well as when Pulling /Taking supplies for cases through Pyxis.* The Certified SPD Technician will show competency with all equipment, systems or procedures that are performed within the Perioperative Services Department.* The Certified SPD Technician will show competency with all equipment, systems or procedures that are performed within the Perioperative Services Department.* The Certified SPD Technician will be dressed in AVH Scrubs at the assigned start of the shift, ready to perform their job duties.* The Certified SPD Technician will communicate clearly with the Lead SPD Tech, Charge Nurse, Director and other staff in regards to plans for procedures, patient flow and personal needs.* Will actively participate and complete weekly competencies assigned by the Lead SPD tech.POPULATION SPECIFIC CRITERIA* Demonstrates the ability to assess and interact with customers of all ages, recognizing language and learning barriers, and technology challenges.* Able to state his/her duties during a code pink drill.Minimum Qualifications:* Sterile Processing experience required* Computer experience required* Ability to concentrate and show attention to detail* Relatively high degree of analytical abilities* Strong interpersonal skills required* Ability to work independently* Ability to read and communicate effectively in EnglishEducation/Certification Requirements:* Central Processing certification within eighteen (18) months of hire.Working Conditions:* Normal patient care environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust and temperature* May be exposed to communicable diseases through normal or careless performance of responsibilities* May be exposed to mechanical dangers associated with mechanical devices