The Sterilization Technician is responsible for sterilizing items in the Clinic that need decontamination. Sterilization Technicians process, clean, assemble, package, store and sterilize instruments, equipment and trays.
- Ability to adhere to and follow all DHC—Standard Operating Procedures.
- Strong time management skills.
- Ability to use good judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
- Ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including patients and their family members/friends.
- Ability to perform duties in a professional manner.
- Ability to use logic, critical thinking and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Actively communicate information verbally and in writing by conveying it as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Strong organizational and attention to detail skills.
- Ability to multi-task and possess solid time-management skills
Responsibilities and Duties
Duties and Responsibilities
- Ensures that instruments used by all medical personnel in the Clinic are clean and sterile.
- Manually cleans instruments prior to sterilization.
- Places cleaned instruments in sterilizers such as autoclaves, starts and monitors autoclaves with the aid of an automated endoscopy re-processor (AER).
- Examines equipment for defects and report problems to staff.
- Tests autoclaves and records the results.
- Ensures quality assurances and quality testing (as per DHC Policies) are adhered to.
- Orders supplies, assembles instrument trays, distributes supplies and ensures that sterile supplies are within their expiration date.
- Works safely and takes all precautions to ensure that he/she does not cause any injury (cuts etc.) to self or be contaminated while sterilizing instruments.
- Maintains a safe and clean working environment by designing and implementing procedures, rules, and regulations; calling for assistance from other health care professionals.
- Protects patients and employees by developing and interpreting infection-control policies and protocols; enforcing medication administration, storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
- Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by monitoring confidential information processing.
- Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
- Maintains a cooperative relationship among health care teams by communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; participating in team problem-solving methods.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Highly sensitive/confidential information.
- Exposure to sharp instruments/objects.
- Chemical exposure.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required.
- Extended hours of work; after end of scheduled shift.
Qualifications and Skills
Qualifications—Education and Certifications
- High school diploma.
- 1-year certificate programs in central service and sterile processing, an asset.
- Training and educational courses in the field cover medical terminology, equipment management, sterilization and aseptic techniques, an asset.
- Other certificate programs including computer, professional development or lab courses, an asset
- Hazardous work environment (i.e. cuts, slips, and handling of contaminated instruments).
- Lifting 50lbs or more.
- Extended periods of standing
Notice: Digestive Health Clinic is committed to integration and equal opportunities. Accommodation can be made available to all candidates upon request. We will work with all employees to accommodate their accessibility needs.
Expected start date: 2021-01-18
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $18.00 per hour
- Secondary School (Preferred)
- Pickering, ON (Preferred)
- Medical Device Reprocessing (Preferred)