Central Sterile Technician I

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POST DATE 8/9/2016
END DATE 11/2/2016

UT Soutwestern University Medical Center Dallas, TX

Company
UT Soutwestern University Medical Center
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
523909
AJE Ref #
575822177
Location
Dallas, TX
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
High School Diploma or GED

JOB DESCRIPTION

APPLY
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

SECURITY
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This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information

SALARY
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Salary Negotiable

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
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High school diploma and one (1) year of central sterile processing experience is preferred. Central Sterile certification is preferred.

JOB DUTIES
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Unloads dirty case carts and prepares instruments, supplies, equip- ment for decontamination. Decontaminates instruments, supplies, and equipment per manufacturer's instructions and departmental policies and procedures. Inspects decontaminated items for clean- liness and damage. Tests decontaminated items to ensure proper functioning prior to sterilization.
Handles items carefully and prevents damage to delicate instru- ments. Identifies broken, damaged instruments and malfunctioning equipment and removes from service. Communicates items removed from service to Central Sterile Processing Coordinator in timely manner.
Identifies proper method of sterilization per item to be steril- ized. Prepares and assembles instruments, supplies and equipment per method of sterilization. Selects and uses appropriate pack- aging and wrapping materials and container systems for method of sterilization and aseptic presentation. Ensures filters are pro- perly assembled in container systems prior to sterilization.
Maintains thorough and accurate sterilization documentation and recordkeeping by maintaining permanent records and test results. Labels packages, items and container systems to be sterilized with proper sterilization information and initials of preparer.
Operates various methods of sterilization. Sets correct cycle parameters and utilizes correct chemical process indicators per steam, sterrad, gas, or steris sterilization. Wears appropriate personnel protective equipment while on duty. Complies with department work patterns regarding work flow, air flow, and people flow.
Loads, operates, and unloads ultrasonic washer and washer steril- izer according to manufacturer's instructions. Prepares and uses disinfectants and chemicals according to manufacturer's instruc- tions.
Performs correct biological monitoring and testing per method of sterilization. Recognizes positive test results of biological monitoring and immediately rechallenges sterilizer. Communicates positive test results to healthcare team and declare method of sterilization unsafe for use.
Inspects and cleans steam sterilizers on routine basis. Performs daily Bowie-Dick testing of prevacuum sterilizers and diagnostic testing on steris machine prior to use each day.
Organizes and prioritizes processing tasks based on identified need. Performs processing duties in cost effective manner. Issues instruments, supplies and equipment and participates in unit based performance improvement activities.
Serves as subject manner resource person and/or preceptor to new staff. Provides feedback and input for clinical performance evaluation form.
Communicates in manner that promotes efficiency, courtesy, and cooperation. Utilizes proper telephone etiquette and speaks clear- ly. Conveys feeling of helpfulness and repeats caller's message to ensure proper communication. Gives complete attention to caller and hangs up last.
Performs other duties as assigned.

**Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.

To the extent provided by applicable law, no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas System or any of its component institutions, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability..