Sterile Instrument Technician
Company: Renown Health
Posted on: August 15, 2019
Position Purpose Under the supervision of the Sterile Processing
Manager, Supervisor, and/ or their designee, incumbent will process
and prepare multi-specialty and general surgery instrumentation,
provide quality sterile trays, surgical instruments, packs and
medical supplies, and clean patient equipment for a multi-million
dollar department on a 24hr, 7 day a week basis. Nature and Scope
This position provides a vital service to the Surgical Services
Department as well as other clinical departments within the Renown
Health Network which cannot function without the instrumentation
and equipment prepared by this staff. This position is utilized for
cleaning; assembling instruments; sterilization of supplies;
provides all initial cleaning and decontamination of instruments
and trays; serves as a resource to operating room personnel.
The major challenges to this position are learning constantly
changing instruments, equipment, procedures, sterile techniques,
and efficiently handling the equipment and supply needs for
emergency cases. Determining processed instrumentation meets
stringent criterion for sterility and use in the operating room.
Serves as the source for identifying outside vendor instruments,
systems, and their locations. Provides assistance to all outside
vendors on a daily basis including maintaining their instruments
The conditions of work may involve exposures to communicable
disease and potentially dangerous gases (where appropriate),
chemicals, and injury from sharp instruments.
This position is responsible for monitoring the need for
instruments, implants, and supplies.
This position is utilized for their expertise in providing service
to physicians, staff, and outside hospitals. This position:
--- Must be conscientious, industrious, precise and reliable.
--- Incumbent must pay close attention to detail and have the
ability to retain knowledge of the work involved, be capable of
planning and assessing priorities to maintain adequate production,
accept responsibility, and prefer activities of a repetitive
--- Maintains proper levels of instruments and supplies needed for
--- Maintains proper patient charges related to the Sterile
Processing Department to all user stations throughout Renown Health
and off-site affiliates.
--- Accurately maintains comprehensive quality assurance standards
related to sterilization and infection control in a sterile
--- Operates within the sterilization procedures.
--- Determines whether each piece of equipment that is processed is
in correct working condition.
--- Determines whether processed instrumentation meets the
stringent criterion for sterility and use in the Operating Room
prior to distribution.
--- Maintains adequate levels of reserve supplies for routine use
and emergency situations.
This position has the freedom to relocate equipment to increase
work efficiency and safety.
Demonstrates the positive behaviors that reflect understanding and
support of the organizational mission, vision and purpose.
Flexible hours and overtime may be required to meet customer
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Basic knowledge of medical instruments and their use and
location in Sterile Processing.
- Working knowledge of basic Anatomy, Physiology and
- Ability to work safely with Ethylene Oxide under permissible
exposure limit (where appropriate).
- Understanding of patient equipment and its proper
- Ability to safely handle items contaminated with possibly
- Ability to work with pressurized sterilizers.
- Ability to utilize proper telephone etiquette.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Conflict management skills.
- Fine motor skills.
- Demonstrates behavior consistent with Renown Health Living Our
- Must be able to multi-task and prioritize their duties.
- Responsible for assembling/restocking all implant systems
- In OR assistance for questions regarding instrumentation and
proper use. Knowledge of OR aseptic technique (i.e. opening
instruments/supplies on the sterile field). Accurately maintains
comprehensive quality assurance standards related to sterilization
and infection control in a sterile area.
- Responsible for tracking and retrieving instruments and
supplies loaned interdepartmentally and to outside hospitals.
- Other related duties, flexible hours, and overtime may be
This position does not provide patient care. Disclaimer The
foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed
to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and
efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended
to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the
job. Minimum Qualifications
Requirements - Required and/or Preferred Name Description
Education: Must have working-level knowledge of the English
language, including reading, writing and speaking English.
Preference will be given to applicants with formal training from a
recognized Central Service Technician preparatory program: Purdue
University, IAHCSMM, etc.
Preferred passing results from a formal examination for
certification from a recognized certifying organization, CBSPD or
IAHCSMM. Experience: At least one year in Sterile Processing or
other related medical field is preferred. License(s): None.
Certification(s): CSPDT or CRCST preferred upon hire. Required to
obtain CSPDT or CRCST within 24 months of hire. Computer / Typing:
Must possess, the computer skills necessary to complete online
learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online
forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
Keywords: Renown Health, Reno , Sterile Instrument Technician, Professions , Reno, Nevada
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