The Lead Central Sterile Technician assists in carrying out the responsibilities for the overall work flow of the shift in Sterile Processing to which he/she is assigned. The Lead Central Sterile Technician will be responsible for the overall coordination of an assigned medical or surgical specialty, the instrumentation and equipment processed for that specialty. Disassemble and decontaminate instruments and equipment in preparation for further processing. Operate and maintain washers/decontaminators, sterilizers, case and code carts, heat sealers, sterilization records, and any additional required equipment and machinery.
Accurately assemble basic surgical procedure trays and instrument sets without supervision from a variety of surgical specialties.
Operate and maintain washers/sterilizers, steam spray gun, ultrasonic machine, steam and sterrad sterilizers, heat sealers, and any additional required equipment and machinery.
Differentiate between steam and sterrad supplies.
Package supplies according to specifications and appropriate method of sterilization.
Practice preventative maintenance on all instruments and patient care equipment. This includes understanding the principles of electrical and mechanical safety and working with the bio-medical engineer to ensure safe and properly function equipment.
Perform under supervision quality control as required by the standards set by JACHO, AORN, and AAMI on all sterilizers, including biological, chemical, and mechanical monitoring.
Dispense sterile supplies to the appropriate locations in Sterile Storage, OR, ER, LR, etc.
Rotate trays and sets to assure proper sterility guidelines are followed.
Maintain an accurate instrument count sheet of all surgical sets to be assembled.
Inform supervisor of any discrepancies.
Participates in the daily cleaning of the department.
Maintains flexibility and perform other related duties as required.
Assumes lead role for unit or functional area (e.g. surgical specialty - Orthopedics) in the absence of the lead. Identifies, receive approval for, and maintains an ongoing unit specific project (e.g. Sterilization Record monitoring for accuracy).
Ability to assess, identify, and respond to urgent/emergent requests for instruments, supplies, and equipment in an efficient, effective, and appropriate manner.
Knowledgeable of and comply with all applicable infection control, health and safety policies and procedures as implemented by the department and/or work unit and the Medical Center.
Ability to operate fairly complex machinery including washer/decontaminators, ultrasonic washers, surgical power equipment, etc.
Ability to acquire a thorough knowledge of the principles of aseptic technique and to apply these principles when carrying out the various assignments in Sterile Processing Services.
Ability to meet and maintain required productivity (see productivity chart).
Minimum of 3 years related work experience, required. Working knowledge of all areas of SPD, SPD supplies, and prior Operating Room or Sterile Processing service experience, required.
High School graduation or equivalent, required.
Licenses / Certifications:
Certified Registered Central Service Technician by International Associate of Health Care Central Service Material Management (CRCST, IAHCSMM), required.
Great communication skills, friendly, courteous, and ability to work in a cooperative team manner
WMCHealth is a 1,900-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with ten hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, a state of the art Telemedicine program, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley.