Surgical Care Affiliates

  • Instrument Processing/Sterilization Technician

    Job Location US-TX-Austin
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    POSITION OBJECTIVE:  Responsible for decontamination, correct assembly and sterile processing of all instrumentation used in the operating rooms.  Must have a working knowledge of regulatory standards for universal precautions, sterilization methodologies and regulatory standards for biological monitoring. Supports the philosophy, objectives and goals of the Surgical Hospital. Participates in various quality activities as appropriate and as directed by the OR Manager, Chief Nursing Officer, Medical Director and/or the Quality Committee(s).

    Accountabilities / Responsibilities

    General Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Effectively organizes time, equipment, supplies, and personnel.
    • Uses equipment effectively by anticipating patient needs and providing appropriate care.
    • Confirms that proper techniques and procedures are used according to accepted Standards of Practice and organizational policies and procedures.
    • Assists with the ordering, receiving, and storage of supplies.
    • Maintains order and cleanliness of the intra-operative area. 

    Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Reviews surgery schedule on an ongoing basis to determine priority of surgical instrumentation needed.
    • Inspects, tests, assembles, packages and labels OR surgical instruments in preparation of sterilization to ensure that instruments are ready and available when needed.
    • Interprets OR surgery schedule and selects appropriate case cart set up lists
    • Assembles OR case carts if applicable.
    • Prepares and uses solutions per manufactures instructions used in the decontamination of OR instrumentation and equipment.
    • Follows OR written policies and procedures in decontamination of OR instrumentation and equipment.
    • Operates mechanical ultrasonic cleaner and washer decontaminator.
    • Sterilizes instruments by operating corresponding equipment for various types of sterilization techniques that involves steam and/or chemical products (i.e., peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, glutaraldehydes, etc).
    • Performs biological monitoring as appropriate; incubates, reads and records results accurately.
    • Serves as a resource to surgeons and nurses during surgical procedures in the surgical suites regarding instrumentation typically on a stat basis.
    • Maintains OR Sterile Stores and specialty service inventory.
    • Prepares and delivers written inventories and requested supplies to the OR
    • Decontaminates instrumentation and equipment in the Operating Room following written policies and procedures.
    • Inspects, tests, assembles, packages, and labels OR surgical instrumentation in preparation of sterilizing.
    • Adheres to written policies of the Hospital.
    • Recognizes safety hazards and initiates appropriate corrective and/or preventive measures.
    • Supports the Hospital environment by acknowledging the presence and dignity of all with whom one communicates.
    • Participates in and supports Quality Improvement Program.
    • Participates in task forces and committees as assigned.
    • Demonstrates willingness to learn and accept changes.
    • Performs duties and tasks specific to the work area assigned.
    • Seeks educational opportunities to increase clinical competence and enhance personal growth.
    • Responsible for completing mandatory classes relative to job responsibilities at the Hospital.
    • Participates in the orientation of new employees.


    Education Required:

    • High School graduate or equivalent
    • BCLS certification within 6 months of hire date


    Education Preferred:

    • Graduate of accredited Central Service Program or Surgical Tech program within past three years



    • One year assembly and sterilization of hospital OR surgical instrumentation experience (within past three years required)


    Work Environment

    • Ambulatory Surgery Center (with a focus in the semi-restricted and restricted areas; intra-operative and corresponding ancillary areas)
    • Well-lit and ventilated with potential exposure to hazardous equipment
    • OSHA, Category I - Does involve occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious body fluids and materials*


    Physical/Mental Demands:

    • Ability to stand, walk and sit for considerable lengths of time
    • Ability to lift 75 pounds and can demonstrate a push/pull repetitive motion for clinical health care workers
    • Visual and auditory acuity for frequent use of computer, telephone and occasional use of other office equipment
    • Visual and auditory acuity for timely responsiveness and patient-care assessment activities
    • Ability to move quickly in response to patient, employee, visitor or medical staff needs
    • Capability for occasional overhead and low-reaching motion
    • Ability to frequently make judgments and respond to problems
    • Ability to occasionally make judgments about/respond to actual or practice-drill disasters and emergencies
    • Other




    * OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Employee Exposure Categories:

    Category I:  Employees whose job functions involve routine or potential exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues (direct patient care tasks).

    Category II:  Employees whose job functions involve no routine exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues, but employment may require performing unplanned Category I tasks (indirect patient care tasks; i.e. Receptionist, Business Office Personnel, etc.).

    Category III:  Employees whose job functions involve no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues, and Category I and II tasks are not a condition of employment.


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