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Sterile Processing Department Tech

Phoenix Childrens Hospital. - Phoenix, AZ
The Sterile Instrument Technician provides a varity of technical functions in compliance with policies and procedures of Perioperative Services, AORN, JCAHO, OSHA, and AAMI standards. The Sterile Instrument technician must have a working knowledge of decontamination, instrumentation, and sterilization.


PCH Values

Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.


Position Duties

Assures decontamination of instrumentation in accordance with manufactures recommendations and AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation)standards. Receives soiled case carts/ Bins and soiled instruments into the Decontamination area. Prioritizes instruments needed for turnaround
Handwashes or pre-soaks instruments in an enzymatic solution.
Changes chemicals for washers when indicated, assuring that the proper chemicals are used.

Act as a liaison between the Operating Room and Sterile Processing to communicate the changes and needs for subsequent cases. Maintains records for the sterilization logs.
Checks case carts/ Bins for needed items.
Returns unused items to the Sterile Processing Department.
Change out supply carts for operating room suites.(Main OR duty)

Maintains effective communication to insure appropriate instrumentation is available for surgery. Checks operating room needs regularly.
Assembles instruments in order of importance.
Inspects all instruments for damage.
Assembles and tests instrumentation to ensure proper functioning.
Determine when repair/replacement are needed.
Wrap instruments/sets in appropriate wrapper/container.
Utilizes instrument tray inventory sheets for proper sorting and stringing of instruments and equipment to provide for efficient operations.
Provides appropriate sterilization indicators within correct instrumentation packaging.

Sterilizes instruments and equipment according to manufacturers recommendations and AAMI standards. Perform all daily test and record results.
Prepare label gun with correct date and Identification number and stamp each item to be sterilized.
Document load items in Sterilization Log.
Place sterilized items onto the appropriate shelf location.

Assemble case carts accurately and indicate missing items in the pick list. (Main OR duty)
Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.