Sterile Processing Tech

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Fort Worth, TX US
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Patient Support Services
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Part Time
Texas Health Southwest

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest is seeking to hire a part time Sterile Processing Tech.

Variable Shifts
Schedule TBD

High school diploma or GED.

One (1) year experience in sterile instrument processing preferred.

MINIMUM LICENSURE / CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: IAHCSMM CRCST Certification required upon hire. BLS within 30 days of hiring.

Positive attitude and outstanding interpersonal communication skills with a keen ability to
successfully multitask in a dynamic and fast paced health care environment. Team player. Flexible. Self discipline and attention to detail. Follow directions appropriately as directed by the recommended practices sterile instrument processing of AORN and IAHCSMM

- Decontamination / cleaning equipment in the Instrument Room is operated safely and according to manufacturers instructions.
- Instruments and equipment are cleaned / decontaminated according to proper procedures
- Work area is well maintained ie. kept clean, organized and stocked.
- Instruments and equipment are handled in a careful manner.
- Instruments are checked for proper functioning and processed for repairs when needed.
- When necessary routine preventative maintenance ie, lubrication is performed.
- Instrument Sets are assembled correctly and completely according to contents list ensuring that needed instruments will be present in set when needed.
- Knowledge is displayed of all specialty set components.
- Sets are prepared for sterilization using wrappers, peel packages, or rigid containers with indicators and tape appropriate to the method of sterilization.
- Peel packs and instrument sets are returned to proper location after sterilization.
- Knowledge and accuracy in autoclave and starred, record keeping, reporting and maintenance is demonstrated.
- Communicates with nursing personnel regarding items that are out for repair and those that have been returned.
- Hand washing is frequent and appropriate
- Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is used when exposed to potentially infectious materials ie, blood, specimens, body fluids and patient contact items.
- PPE, appropriate for task being performed in the Instrument Room, is used ie. aprons, gloves and mask.
- Attire used in decontaminating and cleaning is removed prior to handling clean instruments / equipment.
- Knowledge of proper work flow in the instrument room, consistent with infection control guidelines, is demonstrated and adhered to.
- Department dress code is adhered to and inappropriately attired individuals are recognized and prohibited from entering the restricted and semi restricted areas of the OR.
- The proper decontaminating , cleaning, packaging, and appropriate sterilization method assures sterility and readiness for patient use.
- Departmental safety, infection control and hazardous communication policies are complied with ensuring safety for all.
- Sharps / sharps containers are handled and managed in the proper fashion.
- Knowledge of recall procedures for items processed in CS and the procedure for positive spore results is demonstrated.
- Good body mechanics and back safety is practiced.
- Appropriate use of reporting mechanism ie. unsafe conditions, job injuries, and incidents is demonstrated.
- The need for improvements is recognized and initiative is taken to plan, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and communicate those activites.
- Educational opportunities are pursued in order to keep abreast of improvements and changes regarding instrument room practices.
- Responsibility is taken in coordinating ongoing sharpening, refurbishing, and minor repairs for basic instrumentation.
- Provides ongoing feedback regarding educational and training needs.
- Initiative is taken to demonstrate ongoing learning of instrumentation and equipment.
- A harmonious working relationship both in and outside department is supported and encouraged.
- Communication with others is timely, accurate, complete and civil.
- Departmental, hospital, and system policies and procedures are followed and adhered to.
- Work towards certification
- Initiative is taken to continually update the instrument guidebooks to assure correct set preparation.
- Initiative is taken to provide resources and ongoing training for all OR personnel regarding instrument room operations.
- Strives to improve customer satisfaction.
- Actively participates in helping the OR meet its goals.
- Is aware of supply costs and demonstrates work habits consistent with cost effectiveness.

Entity Information:
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is a 222-bed full-service facility that includes surgical and imaging services, a 24-hour emergency department, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth, which has been serving Tarrant County residents since 1987, has 1,100 employees, 120 volunteers, and more than 600 physicians on its medical staff. The hospital is a Pathway to Excellence® designated hospital by American Nurses Credentialing Center, a designated UnitedHealth Premium Surgical Spine specialty center and has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the AARC.  We invite you to join us in furthering your career and our accomplishments and philosophy of excellence.
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