Northwell Health Sterile Processing Technician (Manhasset) in Manhasset, New York

Req Number 001TQU

Job Category Nursing Support

Job Description

Performs a variety of instrumentation decontamination, sterilization, packaging, inventory, and distribution tasks according to established department policies and procedures.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Dissembles, cleans, sterilizes, reassembles and packages sterile supplies according to specifications and/or manufacturer instructions.

  • Follows department procedures to use appropriate sterilization method for various types of instrumentation.

  • Operates washers, sterilizers, ultrasonic machines, steam and ethylene oxide sterilizers, heat sealers, and additional equipment during sterilization procedures.

  • Adheres to instrument count sheets for surgical sets and case carts.

  • Covers and rotates trays and sets per sterile storage guidelines.

  • Follows safety protocols to ensure no injury to self/others (proper body mechanics, protective apparel during decontamination procedures, etc.)

  • Retrieves used trays, instruments and equipment from various surgical and clinical hospital areas for decontamination.

  • Examines instruments and patient care equipment for cleanliness, proper assembly and functionality.

  • Identifies malfunctioning items, records related information, and promptly notifies supervisor or biomedical engineer.

  • Receives and fills requisitions from hospital departments and nursing units. Communicates with perioperative staff regarding related instrument needs.

  • Transports sterile supplies to assigned surgical and clinical locations.

  • Assists in ordering, stocking and maintaining department inventory levels.

  • Performs required duties to maintain a contaminant-free work environment.

  • Documents and maintains records of daily activities according to department policies and procedures.

  • Adheres to AORN, AAMI and Joint Commission standards (e.g. biological, chemical and mechanical monitoring) in the performance of duties.

  • Participates in department quality control programs and in-service training, as required.

  • Performs related duties, as required.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.

  • Sterile processing certification (CRCST or CSPD), required.

  • Must complete minimum annual continuing education credits required by NY State AND additional continuing education credits required to maintain certification status.

  • Prior experience processing surgical information, preferred.

  • Ability to lift/carry 25 pounds, required. Manual dexterity, ability to stand, bend, lift and/or reach for extended periods of time, required.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English (verbally and in writing) and follow oral and/or written instructions, required.