Certified Central Service Technician – Sterile Processing - Altamonte Springs – Evenings
Florida Hospital Altamonte seeks to hire a Certified Central Service Technician who will embrace our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.
Located north of Orlando in the community of Altamonte Springs, our facility is consistently named “Best Hospital” for overall quality, reputation, doctors and nurses by local residents. As the largest satellite campus within the Florida Hospital system, Florida Hospital Altamonte has been providing state-of-the-art healthcare to the community since 1973. The 398-bed hospital cares for more than 168,000 patients a year. We are proud to be revolutionizing health care with visionary leadership and world-class resources.
Florida Hospital’s Central Processing Department serves 4 separate surgical departments as well as provides high level decontamination and sterilization services to Florida Hospital service lines both inside and outside the physical campus. We provide excellent customer service and are compliant with current AAMI standards. We encourage a collaborative approach with our customers, and our team is highly engaged and aligned with Florida Hospital’s mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. We are currently one of the busiest centers in the state. Florida Hospital’s Central Processing Department believes in employee development and is home to the Central Sterile University, where we provide our employees the opportunity to become Certified Central Sterile Technicians.
M-F 3p-11p every other weekend
Under supervision of the CS Supervisor / Manager or Nurse Manager, the Central Service Technician will provide thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and / or sterilized instrument trays and equipment. Trays will be accurately assembled according to the established tray list. Works with customers to maintain adequate inventory of trays and to prioritize processing of trays as needed; maintains specialty carts and other supplies per department specific guidelines as well as maintaining equipment per manufacturers’ instructions for use. Responsible for use of all decontamination and sterilization equipment, can troubleshoot minor issues. Depending on department, may manage inventory and supply items for patient care areas. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.
Knowledge, Skills, Education, & Experience Required:
Experience in the sterile processing environment or graduate of a surgical technology program or military training program.
Experience with decontamination and sterilization processes and equipment.
Ability to communicate by reading, writing legibly, speaking and comprehending English effectively in order to carry out job requirements.
Ability to understand the needs of the customer and respond to them in a pro-active, courteous, professional, and efficient manner.
Flexibility and ability to adapt to change.
Ability to work under stress and deadlines.
Understanding of the principles of microbiology, aseptic principles and techniques, and infection control as they apply to sterile supply operation.
Basic knowledge of prevention of cross contamination and the critical nature of nosocomial infections.
Knowledge of the use, operation, maintenance, assembly, disassembly and cleaning requirements of the full range of instruments and equipment.
High school diploma or equivalent (preferred)
Ability and experience with computer systems (preferred)
Licensure, Certification, or Registration Required:
Certification through IAHCSMM (International Association for Healthcare Central Service and Materials Management) or CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution
Demonstrates through behavior Florida Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Excellence, Stewardship and Teamwork as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program
Rotates assignments among various areas within the department functions including but not limited to: decontamination, surgical and other tray assembly sterilization processes, and management of supplies and equipment. Assesses work flow and communicate with managers when there is a backlog of instrumentation in one area that will impact process flow.
Properly identifies and segregates reusable items for decontamination, disinfection, and sterilization. Selects proper cleaning methods for pre-cleaning and cleaning instrumentation, power tools and equipment sent to Central Service based upon manufacturer’s instructions for use. Disassembles and inspects items for damage or missing components. Correctly and safely operates all equipment in the decontamination area ensuring that all standards for personal protective equipment and prevention of body fluid exposure are adhered to at all times. Monitors non-certified personnel in the department to ensure adherence to protocols are maintained.
Accurately assembles instruments, complex instrument sets, and other surgical items by selecting the appropriate items, trays and instruments and records information in computer monitoring system or paper instrument count sheet. Collaborates with clinical department leaders to ensure that missing instrumentation is located and trays are completed. Takes corrective action to repair and / or replace broken items.
Selects appropriate materials and sterilization packaging for each instrument set. Aware of aseptic technique and proper wrapping of instrument trays to allow the end user to open product in an aseptic manner and produces a compact, logically arranged package which is within the proper weight limits appropriate for assured sterilization.
Ensures appropriate sterility indicators and lot stickers are present on all instrument sets and packages.
Operates complex sterilization equipment, selects the correct method of sterilization based upon manufacturers’ instructions for use (IFU).
Ensures all parameters for sterilization are met by reviewing and signing all sterilizer recording charts to verify the proper sterilization time, temperature, pressure, humidity and sterilant exposure. Prior to releasing items for clinical use ensures that all required biological testing has been completed.
Monitors sterilizer printouts and maintains records. Documents all requirements in appropriate log book and/ or computer.
Knowledgeable of recall process for sterilization failures. Notifies supervisor or manager of positive result. Collaborates with receiving departments to ensure all items from affected lot/load are recalled as needed.
Uitilizes knowledge of the sterile processing environmental controls. Reports out of range temps and humidity to engineering. Collaborates with environmental services to ensure the unit is cleaned as needed. Alternates between a contaminated environment and a clean environment utilizing appropriate infection prevention measures and correct use of PPE.
Communicates effectively with all hospital departments and with others within the department. Problem solves to meet the needs of various departments. Uses the chain of command as necessary to resolve issues.
Maintains knowledge base by attending in-services and department meetings. Participates in training of new employees as requested.
If you want to be a part of a team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality in patient care, we invite you to explore the Central Service Technician- Certified opportunity with Altamonte and apply online today.