Position Summary: Assumes responsibility for the processing of departmental supplies, instruments, and equipment through cleaning, packaging, sterilization, and storing procedures. Operate autoclaves, sterrad, washer, sterilizer, ultrasonic washer, and all other processing services and supplies. Assist in inventory control and procurement.
High School diploma or equivalent
Vocational / Technical education
Central Sterile Technician Certification required
Receive, decontaminate, assemble, sterilize and store instruments, operation room basin sets, utensils, equipment and supplies according to prescribed procedures and techniques in a hospital central services unit and materials management stockroom. Perform inventory control functions through both manual and computerized programs for patient billing purposes. Test and operate complex sterilizing equipment. Prepare chemical disinfectant solutions.
Under general direction, receive, decontaminate, assemble, sterilize and package equipment and supplies. Troubleshoot sterilizing equipment failures.
Verify correct sterilization cycles by checking and signing graphs and printouts;
Load autoclave carts and process products, including surgical instrument sets and respiratory equipment, through terminal sterilization using either steam or toxic gas as appropriate;
Perform, analyze, and document sterilizer function tests using vacuum, chemical, and biological indicators; take appropriate action for abnormal results;
Perform basic calculations related to verifying sterilizer functions and inventory control:
Inspect, test, assemble, package, label and date instruments, basins and procedure trays; label and sterilize linen packs and selected disposables; tag for repair;
Inventory and assemble special emergency kits such as Code 199 and disaster carts;
Inventory shelf level of processed items; rotate trays and products to accommodate inventory movement before shelf-life expiration dates; remove outdated trays and products from shelves;
Assemble and set up equipment such as I.V. pumps, vacuum regulators (wall suction), chest pumps, hyper/hypothermia units; test and make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment;
Prepare disinfectant solutions from toxic substances and chemicals; disinfect patient care equipment such as isolettes, infusion pumps, blood pressure cuffs and pacemakers;
Sort, soak, and hand-clean basins and instruments; disassemble as needed; load into baskets and process through automatic washer/sterilizers;
Restock supply lockers;
Enter inventory data using a computer terminal or manual method;
Store sterile and/or clean products;
Transport soiled instruments, basins, and equipment from all patient care areas to the Central Service decontamination area;
Operate semi-automatic cart washer to clean case carts, utility carts, patient chairs, etc.;
Perform related duties as required.
Essential Physical, Mental and/or Environmental Working Conditions:
Must be able to meet the physical/mental demands of position with or without accommodation. See checklist (page 2) for specific physical, mental and environmental working conditions.
Must be able to utilize good judgment, demonstrate patience, and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
Must be able to work in a busy and stressful environment.
* Since it is difficult to identify all essential functions of a job because of changes in the workplace, this job description will be reviewed periodically to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date.
Internal Number: 20-0653
About CAPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
About Capital Medical Center
Located in Olympia, Capital Medical Center is a 110-bed full-service hospital serving all of Thurston and surrounding counties. Part of the LifePoint Health family of hospitals, Capital Medical provides a comprehensive range of medical services and high quality care. Capital Medical strives to be a forward thinking, innovative hospital where trust, teamwork, and technology come together to make a positive difference in the health of the community and region. Capital Medical is partly owned by some of the physicians who serve our patients. For more information about our hospital, go online to www.capitalmedical.com. Capital Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.