Central Sterile Technician I

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX
Department: 846710 - CS Proc

Full/Part Time/PRN: Day Job

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Schedule: Full-time


This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history record information


Salary Negotiable

Experience and Education

High school diploma and one (1) year of central sterile processing experience is preferred.

Central Sterile certification is preferred.

Job Duties

Unloads dirty case carts and prepares instruments, supplies, equipment for decontamination. Decontaminates instruments, supplies, and equipment per manufacturer's instructions and departmental policies and procedures. Inspects decontaminated items for clean- liness and damage. Tests decontaminated items to ensure proper functioning prior to sterilization.

Handles items carefully and prevents damage to delicate instruments. Identifies broken, damaged instruments and malfunctioning equipment and removes from service. Communicates items removed from service to Central Sterile Processing Coordinator in timely manner.

Identifies proper method of sterilization per item to be sterilized. Prepares and assembles instruments, supplies and equipment per method of sterilization.

Selects and uses appropriate packaging and wrapping materials and container systems for method of sterilization and aseptic presentation. Ensures filters are properly assembled in container systems prior to sterilization.

Maintains thorough and accurate sterilization documentation and recordkeeping by maintaining permanent records and test results. Labels packages, items and container systems to be sterilized with proper sterilization information and initials of preparer.

Operates various methods of sterilization. Sets correct cycle parameters and utilizes correct chemical process indicators per steam, sterrad, gas, or steris sterilization. Wears appropriate personnel protective equipment while on duty. Complies with department work patterns regarding work flow, air flow, and people flow.

Loads, operates, and unloads ultrasonic washer and washer sterilizer according to manufacturer's instructions. Prepares and uses disinfectants and chemicals according to manufacturer's instructions.

Performs correct biological monitoring and testing per method of sterilization. Recognizes positive test results of biological monitoring and immediately rechallenges sterilizer. Communicates positive test results to healthcare team and declare method of sterilization unsafe for use.

Inspects and cleans steam sterilizers on routine basis. Performs daily Bowie-Dick testing of prevacuum sterilizers and diagnostic testing on steris machine prior to use each day.

Organizes and prioritizes processing tasks based on identified need. Performs processing duties in cost effective manner. Issues instruments, supplies and equipment and participates in unit based performance improvement activities.

Serves as subject manner resource person and/or preceptor to new staff. Provides feedback and input for clinical performance evaluation form.

Communicates in manner that promotes efficiency, courtesy, and cooperation. Utilizes proper telephone etiquette and speaks clealy. Conveys feeling of helpfulness and repeats caller's message to ensure proper communication.

Gives complete attention to caller and hangs up last.

Clean assemble and sterilize surgical instrumentation.

Performs other duties as assigned.

UTSouthwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability; genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In addition, it is UTSouthwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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