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Sterile Processing Technician Mercy Health

Job ID: 4670037
Updated: October 26, 2018
Geographic Location: Lima
Department: Sterile Processing
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: All
Standard Hours: 36

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to process supplies, instruments, and equipment through cleaning, decontamination, reassembly, packaging, sterilizing, storing and distribution for the surgery and ancillary service areas. Another focus of this position is to assist with daily operations in collaboration with the OR team members. The processing technician performs all duties in a manner that is cost effective without compromising quality of care, contributes to organizational effectiveness, and demonstrates career growth and development.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Proficient in the processing of General Surgical Instrumentation, Ancillary trays/instrumentation. And knowledge of Specialty Instrumentation.

Loads and operates washer sterilizers, and sterilizers. Performs all aspects of processing duties: wrapping, decontamination, sterilization, sorting, rotating supplies and equipment, etc.

Follows SRMC event related sterility policy for hospital processed sterile items.

Ability to visually inspect instrumentation for cleanliness and defects.

Demonstrates knowledge of standards in the disinfection, cleaning, processing and sterilization of instruments and equipment provided through the department.

Promotes clean and safe working environment through recommended transport and disposal of biohazardous items.

Utilizes effective communication skills with all departments to achieve transfer of information and supplies necessary for patient care.

Demonstrates safe and effective operation of equipment through utilization of daily testing and verification process.

Identifies flow of the daily activities of surgery to anticipate needs for each day and next day’s needs also.

Demonstrates understanding of proper body mechanics utilized while working with the equipment within the department.

Has the authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary to carry out duties in the instrument room. Completes work assignments.

Utilizes the IMPRESS system for documentation of instrument processing.

Appropriate PPE is worn. Staff working in the decontamination area of surgery processing must wear gloves and a liquid resistant covering with sleeves. If there is risk of splash or aerosols, PPE should include a face mask and eye protection which could include goggles, face shields, or other devices that prevent exposure to splash from all angles.

Standard precautions are followed when performing decontamination.


Performs all duties, with or without accommodations, listed in the Physical Demands section of this job description.


Qualifications - Minimum


If not certified, must obtain certification within 1 year of hire



Preferred 1-3 previous OR Instrument Processing experience, holds and maintains current CRCST certification, background in Medical Terminology, ability to understand scheduled procedures, and aseptic technique. Skilled in General Instrument Assembly (General Surgical Instrumentation, OB, ER, Ancillary Instrumentation) Computer skills.


High School or GED required



Hours per pay period: 72

Hours: Variable

Rotating weekends and call and holidays.


Shift and Job Schedule

Job Shift: All, Job Schedule: Full-Time


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is our policy to  abide by all Federal and State laws, as well as, the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a), prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibiting discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.


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