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Central Processing Technician II (40hours, Evenings, 11:00am-7:30pm)

Location: Boston, MA
Post Date: 4/2/2020
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The CPD Technician II is a certified technician responsible for decontamination, packaging, sterilization, and distribution of medical/surgical supplies. The role is highly technical and detail orientated. The CPD Technician II must have a thorough knowledge of microbiology, cleaning procedures, disinfection, sterilization and the care, handling, disassembly and re-assembly of equipment and surgical instrumentation. A CPD Tech II must also be thoroughly familiar with case cart/inventory management systems, ordering of supplies and equipment, stocking and maintaining par levels of certain supplies for the operating rooms and labor and delivery. Additional duties include: delivery, retrieval, decontamination, and re-assembly of all patient equipment for the Nursing services and assisting with training junior techs. CPD techs must be flexible for on-call rotation (when applicable), which includes rotating to cover nights, weekends and holiday shifts.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:

COORDINATES COMMUNICATION WITH THE OPERATING ROOMS, LABOR AND DELIVERY, AMBULATORY SURGERY, AND OTHER CP DEPARTMENT CUSTOMERS.

Makes or receives telephone calls between surgical areas, principally the Operating Suites and CP Department.

Uses the PISCIS computer data system to accurately identify, locate, and print out MD preference cards and identifies, prioritizes, and follows-up on providing instruments for emergency needs.

ABLE TO DECONTAMINATE INSTRUMENTS, INCLUDING FRAGILE HIGH TECH INSTRUMENTS, CORRECTLY, IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOSPITAL PROCEDURES AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS

Demonstrates competency; in all tasks related to the decontamination process, to the Clinical Educator or Designate. Uses BMC/Department and industry standard safety techniques at all times to protect self and others from injuries (e.g., from sharps) and exposures (e.g., to bodily fluids). Dresses in and maintains Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, mask, eye guards, impermeable lab coat, etc. in working order in compliance with BMC/Department or industry standards. Thoroughly inspects Decontamination Room and equipment including cart washer strainers, washer decontaminator to ensure that all drains are clean, enzymatic solution tanks filled, and equipment is in working order. Accurately orders daily supplies to be used in decontamination area using BMC/Department standard processes for communication. Separates and discard disposable (v. recyclable) materials. Sorts re-usable material based on BMC/Department procedures for method of decontamination (including heat sensitive v. non-heat sensitive; immersible v. non-immersible; mechanical v. hand-washable). Accurately determines sequence of decontamination activities based upon patient care needs, including Operating Room, Labor and Delivery, Ambulatory Surgery, and other customer needs, processing times, and overall time management. Accurately conducts visual inspection of all instruments to be processed prior to decontamination, according to BMC/department and industry standards, including fiber optic and power equipment.

PREPARES AND PACKS INSTRUMENT KITS CORRECTLY, INCLUDING FRAGILE HIGH TECH INSTRUMENTS AND MECHANICAL MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOSPITAL PROCEDURES AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS.

Demonstrates competency; in all tasks related to the instrument assembly process, to the CP Clinical Educator or their Designate.

Accurately names and identifies functions of surgical instruments, including fragile high tech and mechanical medical instruments.

Accurately uses medical terminology and abbreviations related to the function of each instrument in the full range of BMC instrument kits.

Accurately uses mechanical and electrical terminology related to the function of electrical and mechanical instruments in the full range of BMC instrument kits.

Accurately accesses, interprets, and enters computerized data on a keyboard or touch-screen in order to properly assemble and label kits.

Given a kit assembly assignment, assembles kit correctly according to BMC/Department and Industry standards, including verifying and documenting functionality and cleanliness of material.

Accurately documents kit assembly according to BMC/Department and Industry standards.

Uses computer keyboard or touch-screen to print out accurate labels for kits; places labels or other printed-out notices on kits using approved BMC/Department procedures.

Given a series of kit assembly assignments, determines the sequence of assembly based on patient care factors, including need, processing time, and overall time management for the shift being worked.

Packages and labels kits based on properties of the items that each contains and the appropriate sterilization process required by BMC/Department and Industry standards.

STERILIZES KITS, INCLUDING FRAGILE HIGH TECH INSTRUMENTS AND MECHANICAL MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, CORRECTLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOSPITAL PROCEDURES AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS.

Demonstrates competency; in all tasks related to the sterilization process, to the Clinical Educator or their Designate.

Performs physical inspection of all sterilization equipment to verify that strainers are free from debris, chamber doors open/close properly, and that gaskets seal correctly, in compliance with BMC/Department and Industry standards.

Given a series of sterilization assignments, determines the sequence of sterilization based on patient care factors, including need, processing time, and overall time management for the shift being worked.

Loads sterilizer carts and documents load contents, date, sterilizer number, operator, and other required information according to BMC/Department and Industry standards.

Loads sterilizers correctly and initiates cycles.

Monitors sterilization processes using mechanical, chemical, and biological measures according to BMC/Department procedures and Industry standards.

Unloads sterilizers correctly after verifying and documenting completion of sterilization cycle.

Transports sterilized material to designated locations according to BMC/Department and Industry standards.

Performs all quality assurance testing functions; makes and documents recalls appropriately and accurately in the event of a biological result failure.

COMPLETES CLEAN/STERILE STORAGE AND MANAGES CASE CARTS CORRECTLY, INCLUDING HANDLING OF FRAGILE HIGH TECH INSTRUMENTS AND MECHANICAL MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, CORRECTLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH HOSPITAL PROCEDURES AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS.

Demonstrates competency; in all tasks related to the sterile storage and distribution process, to the Clinical Educator or Designate.

Places cleaned/sterilized material in designated storage areas and locations according to BMC/Department procedures and Industry standards.

Rotates stored material (first in/first out) accurately in according to BMC/Department procedure.

Monitors the storage environment in compliance with BMC/Department and Industry standards by monitoring temperature, humidity, cleanliness, fire code compliance, and foot traffic patterns.

Monitors inventory in compliance with BMC/Department and Industry standards, using PAR levels, minimum/maximum reorder quantities, and other benchmarks established by BMC/Department.

Uses computerized case cart replenishing system accurately in conformity with BMC/Department and Industry standards.

Selects and prints physician preference cards.

Utilizes physician preference cards accurately to assemble case carts in a timely manner according to BMC/Department standards.

Transports completely picked case carts to designated rooms using BMC/Department standards.

Communicates effectively in a pro-active and timely fashion with the Operating Room, Charge Nurses, Labor and Delivery, and Ambulatory Surgical Specialties, regarding the need for and availability of instruments and equipment.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Utilizes hospital's cultural beliefs as the basis for decision making and to support the hospital's mission and goals.

Attends CP Team and Operative Services staff meetings as required.

Uses superb interpersonal skills to interact with other members of the CP Department Team, customer departments, and BMC patients and their families.

Maintains work station and CP work environments in a clean and sanitary condition.

Demonstrates good personal hygiene appropriate to work in a sterile environment.

Follows all aspects of the BMC, CP Department, and Industry infection control and safety procedures without exception.

Accepts and transmits e-mail, written, and oral messages for CP Department team members accurately in English.

Utilizes an Air Gun, Case Cart Washer, Washer-Decontaminator, Heat Sealer in compliance with BMC/Department and Industry standards.

Utilizes computerized Inventory Management System, including Scanner Gun, in compliance with BMC/Department and Industry standards.

Carries out routine maintenance of all equipment and instruments.

Accurately reads and applies information contained in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and the Right to Know Law, especially as related directly to exposures in CP Department or delivery of instruments.

Accurately identifies and describes role of primary professional and government agencies related to compliance in the CP Department: JCAHO, FDA, EPA, OSHA, DPH, AAMI, and IAHCSMM.

Consistently demonstrates appropriate precautions needed to stay safe from sharps, and exposure to blood, other bodily fluids, and harmful chemicals or other substances.

Accurately explains and demonstrates first aid, emergency response, and evacuation procedures specifically related to Ethylene Oxide (ETO) machine leak or spill.

Performs other duties as required.

(The above statements in this job description are intended to depict the general nature and level of work assigned to the employee(s) in this job. The above is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of accountable duties and responsibilities required).

JOB DESCRIPTION CHARACTERISTICS

EDUCATION:

Requires a minimum of a High School Diploma or government recognized equivalent.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:

Requires certification as a Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician (CRCST) by the International Association for Central Sterile Healthcare Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), or, as a Central Sterile Professional Department Technician (CSPDT) by the American Society of Healthcare Central Processing Personnel (ASHCSP). Certification needs to be maintained by obtaining the required CEU's each year through the certifying agency.

EXPERIENCE:

Requires at least one year prior experience collecting, cleaning, decontaminating, packing, and storing sterile instruments.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Requires ability to speak, read, write, and communicate in English effectively with CP Department managers, supervisors, and staff, Charge Nurses, MDs, and staff other clinical and support departments.
  • Ability to accurately interpret and use medical terminology and abbreviations.
  • Ability to access and enter computerized data and information.
  • Organizational skills to effectively set priorities and efficiently complete assigned work.

Req ID: 14227

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