Scope Processing Technician
Job Ref # 32624
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Location: Houston, TX
Category: Sterile Processing Tech

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F


Job Summary

JOB SUMMARY

The Scope Processing Technician is responsible for maintaining high standards for decontamination, assembly, inspecting, wrapping, and sterilization of Olympus Bronchoscope EGD, Stortz EGD, and additional anesthesia scopes and cords needed to support cases throughout Perioperative Services.  The Scope Processing Technician will work in conjunction with the OR staff to provide timely sterile scopes, trays, and case carts where applicable.  The Scope Processing Technician maintains consistency and continuous workflow between all TMH OR¿s and Sterile Processing while practicing excellent customer service. The Scope Processing Technician must be experienced, and therefore should demonstrate advanced knowledge of sterilization techniques, surgical instruments, and an in-depth understanding of the relationship between Sterile Processing and other departments within the hospital.  This position is only available at the TMH Campus. 



PATIENT AGE GROUP SERVED

None


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Decontamination:

¿Follows Universal Precautions by wearing the appropriate protective attire while working in the Decontamination area. (EF)
¿Decontaminates scopes, surgical instruments and other medical equipment as needed by keeping a continuous flow of equipment moving through the process. (EF)
¿Utilizes appropriate cleaning detergents and agents by reading directions and MSDS sheets. (EF)
¿Performs and documents equipment testing according to departmental policy. (EF)
¿Utilizes Instrument Tracking system per department protocol. (EF)
¿Follows industry and hospital standards associated with the transport of contaminated scopes and associated equipment. (EF)
¿Requests manufacturer¿s guidelines for proper decontamination of loaner scopes. (EF)
¿Demonstrates understanding of patient safety associated with proper decontamination of scopes, instruments and equipment. (EF)

Assembly:

¿Inspects all instruments for cleanliness, proper function, and breakage by viewing the instruments before assembly. (EF)
¿  Assembles scope trays and equipment following established tray listings. (EF)
¿ Wraps or pouches items according to size and type of scope, instrument or equipment.    (EF)
¿Demonstrates understanding of proper set assembly for appropriate manner of sterilization. (EF)
¿  Interacts with customers to ensure prompt delivery of needed equipment. (EF)
¿Communicates any issues that arise with instrument preparation to SPD Coordinator/Manager. (EF)

Sterilization:

¿Challenges the sterilization process by using internal, external and biological monitoring systems appropriately. (EF)
¿Monitors, reads, documents, and interprets all parameters for all types of sterilizers to insure proper function and patient safety.  (Medivator) (EF)
¿Maintains acceptable levels of productivity based on experience, education, and department protocols. (EF)

Distribution/Case Carts ¿ if applicable

¿Distributes all sterile scopes and a limited amount of non-sterile supplies and medical equipment upon request to the appropriate TMH OR. (EF)
¿Manages the scope inventory for all of TMH OR¿s and distributes them according to inventory availability. (EF)
¿Utilizes Instrument/Equipment Tracking System per department policy. (EF)
¿Maintains the storage area that houses the scope inventory. (EF)

Other essential department responsibilities:

¿Must be able to write and speak effectively in English. (EF)
¿Ability to multitask is essential. (EF)
¿Assumes charge responsibility in the absence of the SPD Coordinator. (EF)
¿Identifies and resolves issues and keeps SPD Coordinator informed.(EF)
¿Demonstrates the ability to problem-solve and troubleshoot issues associated with instruments or equipment when they arise. (EF)
¿Maintains appropriate quality records such as logs, sterilization records and count sheets as per CMS guidelines. (EF)
¿Understands and utilizes computers for generating data and requisitioning goods.(EF)
¿Performs area cleaning by sanitizing workstation at the end of each shift. (EF)
¿Answers phone in professional, helpful manner by maintaining communication skills appropriate in a professional setting. (EF)
¿Maintains system and department competencies by attending department meetings, in-services, and annual updates. (EF)
¿Demonstrates the components of I CARE values statement.
¿Demonstrates the components of ServicePride Standards
¿Follows all safety rules while on the job.
¿Attend local and national educational venues.
¿Performs other duties and responsibilities as requested


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

High school diploma or equivalent required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum of two years of Scope Sterilization or Sterile Processing experience required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) Certification through IAHCSMM or CPSPD required.  Conversion from CPSPD to IAHCSMM required within 6 months of hire. 


SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Skills:
The Scope Processing Technician should be able to independently perform the tasks listed on the attached competency checklist.

Knowledge:
¿Intermediate to advanced knowledge of infection control, decontamination and sterilization techniques. Able to understand hospital policy and procedures and implement appropriate actions to maintain departmental standards.
¿Intermediate knowledge of logs and computers for the purposes of generating data and requisitioning goods.

Abilities:
Ability to operate, troubleshoot, and train new employees on the following equipment:
¿Sterilizers:  Steam, EtO gas, Sterrad (hydrogen peroxide)
¿Washer/Decontaminator
¿Sonic Washer
¿Cart Washer
¿Instrument Tracking System



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Activity Checklist attached.


WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Universal Precautions required
Lifting, pushing, and pulling required (minimum 50 lbs.)
Extended periods of walking and standing required
Significant potential for exposure to latex
Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.



Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research.  Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospital” list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of “100 Best Companies To Work For” since 2006.  Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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