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TECHNICIAN, SPD/SURGICAL

Company: UMASS Memorial Medical Center
Location: Worcester
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Job Description:

Requisition #: 183448

Title: Technician, SPD/Surgical

Department: Central Sterile Department

Grade: SPD3

Posting Date: July 10 2018

Status: Non-Exempt

Shift: Mixed

Union: Non-Union

Hours: As Needed

Shift Length: 8 hours

Location: UMass Memorial Medical Center ' Memorial Campus

UMass Memorial Medical Center is the region's trusted academic medical center, and part of the UMass Memorial Health Care system. We are committed to improving the health of people in Central Massachusetts through excellence in care, comprehensive health services, teaching and research.


Position Summary:

Functions as the point person for Sterile Processing under the direction of the Sterile Processing Manager and or direction of the Sterile Processing Supervisor and is responsible for resolving day to day issues from the OR as they relate to sterile processing instruments and serves as the department liaison to communicate between the departments to ensure all information is being brought to the attention of management, This person is also responsible for identifying, inspecting, assembling and sterilizing equipment, supplies and procedure trays. Packages, cleans and decontaminates surgical instruments, patient care equipment and monitors sterilizers, associated equipment and facilitates support operations to the OR to include but not limited to case cart production, maintenance of surgical instrumentation, electronic programs, loaner instrumentation, stocking of supplies and instruments. This employee will orient and train other Technicians.

Position Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED certification required.

Must be a Certified Surgical Technologist, who has obtained a surgical technologist credential administered by a nationally recognized surgical technologist certifying body accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Surgical Technologists or has successfully completed an appropriate program of surgical technology in the Armed services of the United States Public Health Service.

Central Service Certification and Instrument Specialist (CIS), Surgical Instrument Processor (CSIP) Certification, or Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification preferred from an accredited central service technician program. If not certified upon hire, employee must obtain certification within one year of hire.

Minimum of 1 year experience as a Certified Surgical Technologist required. A combination of 3 years' experience as a SPD Technician and Surgical Technologist required with demonstrated knowledge in both Sterile Processing and the Operating Room.

Must maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification every two years. Maintains AST membership, required educational units and AST certification.

Position requires in-depth knowledge of an extremely wide variety of surgical instruments equipment in addition to the knowledge of sterilization standards and procedures, knowledge of Sterile Processing competences, related medical terminology. Ability to work well independently without direct supervision, and to adequately use or learn to use the departments computerized system and its associated devices.

Proficient oral and written (English language) communication skills required in order to fulfill documentation requirements associated with the position. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to work well with others and communicate with all levels of management and staff.


Major Responsibilities:

Serves as the primary liaison with the Operating Room (OR) to resolve day to day questions and issues in a timely manner and with full support of both departments. Interactions will include the OR physicians, RN's and OR Management and staff. Communicates with OR/Sterile Processing department management on issues beyond the scope of this job and follows up on resolutions made by management. Makes recommendations and suggests ideas for problem solutions.

Contributes ideas toward work design improvement, cost reductions, and other quality improvement activity. Participates in establishing SPD/OR goals and quality initiatives and may serve on inter-department committees to resolve outstanding issues.

Trains and orients staff in Sterile Processing to ensure the service to the OR is efficient, timely and meets quality standards.

Performs the activity in all areas with the Sterile Processing Department: equipment, decontamination, processing, instrument assembly, sterilization, and cart assembly.





    • Ensures proper decontamination of surgical instruments and equipment in order to clean, identify and inspect.
    • Ensures proper assembly, integrity testing and packaging of instrument sets to allow proper sterilization
    • Conducts biological monitoring for all sterilizers
    • Prepares Latex boxes, Urology cart, L&D C- section tables, O.R. case carts and performs Distribution rounds.
    • Monitors the workflow and communication of designated shifts to ensure the completion of work assignments.
    • Maintains a clean and safe work environment. Contributes to the efficient operation of the department.


      Performs the duties of a Certified Surgical Technologist as required.

      Demonstrates a commitment towards upholding established unit-based, department, and hospital-wide policies and procedures.

      Maintains current knowledge of the National Patient Safety Goals and complies with the goals as applicable. Complies with all health and safety regulations and requirements.

      Attends variety of meetings, conferences, seminars as required or directed.

      Demonstrates use of Quality Improvement in daily operations.

      Respects diverse views and approaches, and contributes in maintaining an environment of professionalism, tolerance, civility and acceptance toward all employees, patients and visitors.

      Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

      Performs other similar and related duties as required or directed.

      All responsibilities are essential job functions.

      Keywords: UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, TECHNICIAN, SPD/SURGICAL, Professions, Worcester, Massachusetts

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