SLH Instrument Tech

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  • San Leandro, CA
  • San Leandro Hospital
  • SLH Central Sterile Processing
  • Services As Needed / Per Diem - Varies
  • Allied Health
  • Req #: 27714-18495
  • FTE: 0
  • Posted: November 2, 2020
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Job Summary: The SLH Instrument Tech. coordinates the overall cleaning, decontamination, assembly and dispensing of surgical instruments, equipment and supplies needed for daily surgical procedures in surgery and related departments. Collaborates extensively with department leadership and functions with a high degree of self direction. Performs related duties as required.

DUTIES & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification, however, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

1.  Understands and operates sterilizing equipment (including documentation & testing). Engages in the cleaning, assembling, and sterilization of instruments and related items. Assembles dressings and treatment trays. Use proper aseptic techniques in preparing and handling sterile items. Maintains quality of the sterile item. Prepares instruments, dressings, and treatment trays according to designated lists. Wrap and label accordingly. Put missing items on outside of wrap. Seal pouches and label. Evaluates thoroughness of tray assembly and processing through periodic tray audits. Actively collaborate with essential personnel to ensure that instruments and supplies are properly sterilized, in acceptable working condition and appropriately stored.

2.  Retrieves equipment from nursing floors and decontaminates, disinfects, and prepares patient care equipment for turnaround for patient use. Monitors and/or initiates repairs; and replacement orders for all essential instrumentation and accessories.

3.  Stores prepared articles and supplies in designated areas. Rotates stock, check outdates. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of the work environment. Assists leaders in the storage and/or allocation of department space for access and activities for efficiency of department operations.

4.  Attends in-service presentations and completes mandatory education, including but not limited to infection control, patient safety, quality improvement, MSDS and OSHA standards. Coaches and works with department members in acquiring new skills and knowledge to improve overall quality and productivity of services. Maintains and demonstrates knowledge of hospital policies and procedures.  Maintains patient confidentiality. Attends and participates in departmental meetings.

5.  Ensures that the Central Sterile team meets the Surgery Department demands for all instruments, equipment and supplies by promptly and accurately responding to and prioritizing requests.

6.  Maintains strong working/collaborative relationships with leaders, co-workers and other departments to ensureflow and continuity of services. Monitors surgery schedules, identifying general, specific and potential needs for all cases, varies schedule to meet departmental needs.  Be a resource to the nursing staff regarding the availability of medical supplies and equipment relative to the age specific needs of the patient.

7.  Follows established guidelines for occurrence reporting, reporting medical error or unanticipated outcomes in the patient's care which results in patient harm. Monitors and maintains appropriate records to remain compliant with applicable regulatory agencies, as well as reporting occurrences immediately to supervisors.


Qualifications: Education: High School diploma or equivalent. Minimum Experience: Two to three years with multi specialty or instrumentation preferred; OR a combination of education and experience. Preferred Experience: Progressive leadership experience in Central Supply operations preferred. Preferred Licenses/Certifications: Certified Central Sterile Processing Technician Certification.


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