The Lead Surgical/Sterile Processing Technician. Ensures proper operation of all sterilizer units through out Surgical Services prior to use on a daily basis. Responsible for running biological and chemical tests at beginning of the day and for recording results in appropriate log. Responsible for inspecting all equipment for viable signs of malfunction and reports to manager and/or Biomed. Processes or oversees all contaminated instruments and supplies returned to SPD. Works closely with Manager and assists with training and in service for new and longer term employees. Maintains preventative maintenance procedures and control procedure on all equipment and instrumentation. Assists manager with creation of SPD staff schedule. Assist in orientation of new employees to each work assignment area and total department operation. Performs other related duties as required such as examining sterilization/expiration dates; reporting inoperable equipment; making visual inventory inspections to maintain adequate stock and supply level; test effectiveness of sterilizer function by assembling and placing culture spore tests following procedure; store new and reprocessed equipment and supplies; clean shelves and work areas and mop liquid spills from floors as necessary. Maintain assigned work areas and equipment in a clean and organized condition to maintain required standards for handling sterilized and clean materials and to maintain a safe work environment. Maintains count sheets and item inventory in instrument tracking system. Assists Manager in compiling monthly productivity statistics. Carries out routine and assigned tasks of inspecting case carts, instruments, and supplies, and storing items in the appropriate place in the SPD. Acquires needed items from Sterile Processing Department and delivers them to the Operating Room. Surgical Technician I SPD cleans and restocks the Sterile Core.
The person in this position works under supervision, is responsible for various shifts, may be subject to over 40 hours per week and/or callback as required, and may also be required to remain on campus immediately before, during, and after severe weather and/or disasters.