Huggins Hospital

  • Sterile Processing Technician

    Posted Date 1 week ago(5/15/2018 1:38 PM)
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    New Hampshire
  • Overview

    Under the general supervision of the Team Leader and Director of Surgical Services, is responsible for receiving soiled, used and/or contaminated instruments, equipment and supplies. The Sterile Processing Technician disassembles, inspects, cleans and sorts contaminated instrumentation and equipment, as well as to reassemble and prepare instrumentation kits, and other equipment and supplies or distribution.


    Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent

    Experience: Effectively organize work and set priorities; Positive attitude; Applicable knowledge related to safe work conditions; Works effectively within the healthcare team.  

    Licensure: Certification by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD or International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) or similar accredited agency, within 18 months of hire if no experience.  If experienced, certification will be expected within one year of hire.


    Clinical Competency

    • Receives items from patient care units and physician offices, utilizing universal precautions
    • Able to identify instrumentation and equipment and proper location of storage
    • Disassembles, decontaminates instruments and equipment used in patient care per manufacturer recommendation
    • Chooses appropriate method of decontamination, prepares equipment, instruments, and supplies for sterilization according to manufacturer recommendation
    • Assembles kits according to index cards
    • Label and place chemical indicators according to procedure
    • Package and label instruments for sterilization, per unit procedures
    • Continuously assess the integrity of sterile packaging
    • Anticipates equipment/instrument needs for surgical procedures
    • Operates sterilizers, adhering to strict quality control standards manufacturer instructions
    • Performs and interprets biological indicator results on all loads; completes load control cards promptly. Responds appropriately when indicators are out of range.
    • Performs tests on pre-vacuum sterilizers daily and interprets results. Responds appropriately when indicators are out of range.
    • Utilizes appropriate recording charts for all sterilization cycles
    • Solutions are mixed, labeled, monitored and exchanged according to manufacturer recommendations and Huggins Hospital policy
    • Performs preventive maintenance on hospital-wide patient care equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions
    • Promptly notifies appropriate personnel for repair or replacement
    • Distributes equipment, instruments, and supplies processed by Central Sterile, following identified schedule
    • May have to lift more than 25 pounds

    Patient Advocacy

    • Protects the patient’s rights, dignity, and privacy
    • Resolves patient problems and needs by utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies


    • Follows hospital and nursing division's mission, philosophies and standards of care
    • Participates in quality review and performance improvement projects


    • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; and/or participating in professional societies
    • Demonstrates the accountability as a health care professional by recognizing each practitioner is individually responsible for his/her actions


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