Klickitat Valley Health is accepting applications for a Central Service Technician to join the Surgical Services department. The Central Service Tech will provide coverage for vacations, leaves, and back-up staffing. This Casual position does not guarantee any specific number of hours per week and shifts are varied.
The Central Service Technician (CST) prepares the necessary sterile instruments, supplies and equipment used during the surgical procedure. The CST demonstrates excellence in customer service during interactions with employees, managers/supervisors, physicians, patients and patient family members, etc. The CST is aware of the potential exposure to internal and external hazardous materials, including but not limited to: blood and blood borne pathogens, infectious/communicable diseases, potential physical injury while caring for patients. Maintains a safe and clean environment for the care of the patient.
Supports the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Follows established protocols for cleaning, decontaminating, preparing and packaging, disinfecting or sterilizing and storing medical and surgical supplies and equipment.
Monitors and maintains adequate par levels of materials for the perioperative services, emergency department and medical/surgical department.
Monitors and maintains sufficient levels of perioperative services consignment inventory, including surgical implants.
Monitors, rotates and removes all outdated and overstocked materials and verfy that par levels are adjusted accordingly.
Reviews the surgical schedule in advance to verify that supplies and equipment are available when needed.
Transports contaminated instruments and equipment to decontaminated area for cleaning/serialization after use.
Assists with ordering and restocking of instruments and supplies; restocking speciality cart as needed and maintain records of purchase orders, requisitions and product literature.
Keep the surgeons preferences cards current for use in making sterile packs.
Keeps records associated with the sterilization process, dates surgical packs for storage time limitations.
Maintains knowledge of instrumentation and methods of serialization process.
Follows hospital procedures when disposing of biohazardous materials, labeling and handling of all materials.
Process and distributes medical and surgical supplies from sterile processing areas to other areas within the facility or health care organization as needed.
Adheres to standard precautions including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Follows safety procedures and manufacturers instructions when handling cleaning solutions, supplies, and equipment.
Operates equipment used in the sterile processing areas safely and according to the manufacturers instruction for use.
Monitors, interprets and documents results of physical, chemical and biological indicators for all types of sterilizers used in the sterile processing areas.
Assists with improving the quality of sterile processing services.
Comply with all hospital policy and procedures, while upholding the high expectations of KVH.
Assists with maintaining a safe, clean and organized work area/department.
Attends a minimum of 50% of nursing staffing meetings and 100% of mandatory in-services.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education, Training & Experience (includes licenses or certifications):
High school diploma or GED required.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification required.
At least one (1) year experience working in a medical facility central service department.
Working toward certification as a Certified Registered Central Supply Technician preferred.
Requires critical thinking skills, ability to make good decisions, listen and accept advice from others, demonstrate maturity and good judgement and the ability to work with regular supervision.
Demonstrate a through working knowledge of Aseptic techniques, instrumentation and sterilization process, infection prevention, etc.
Demonstrates knowledge of the function, set-up, use, storage location of: surgical supplies, instruments, speciality trays, electronic equipment, etc. and is responsible for troubleshooting operational problems of surgical equipment.
Perform various sensory requirements such as: vision, speech, smell, touch, manual dexterity, fine motor skills and hearing in order to assess and treat the patient accurately.
Promote/develop/deliver excellent customer service to both internal (patients and staff) and external customers (visitors and vendors).
Demonstrate positive and effective interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues, patients, families, physicians, volunteers and the community.
Work productively, cohesively within a team and resolve conflict/differences in a positive manner.
Work in a stressful, fast-paced/demanding environment and take appropriate action to ensure quality of patient care, ability to cope with both physical and emotional demands of the job.
Maintain a calm and composed manner in emergency/stressful situations, taking appropriate action as necessary.
Demonstrate attention to detail and high degree of accuracy, risk of error could result in significant harm or loss.
Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.
Experience with using everyday computer electronic technology tools (e.g., email, data retrieval, voicemail, and internet/intranet), as well as use/handle all medical equipment/instruments utilized in the care of the patient.