Benefis Health Systems Sterile Processing Tech in Great Falls, Montana

Job Description

The Sterile Processing Technician understands the principles of and is responsible for cleaning, disinfecting and/or sterilizing medical supplies, instruments and equipment. Prepares treatment and procedure trays and instruments, and wraps medical devices. Maintains the sterile supply storage room and is responsible for receiving and distributing departmental supplies and equipment. Processes and completes patient charges and credits. Serves as a preceptor for new staff. Covers as an in-charge person in the absence of the Sterile Processing Supervisor. The omission of specific statement of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position


Processes all contaminated instruments and supplies returned to Sterile Processing.

Unloads case carts when returned to the decontamination area, cleans and disinfects case carts.

Cleans and decontaminates all equipment and instruments using the proper tools and cleaning agents.

Knowledgeable regarding handling and care of instruments and special procedure items.

Inspects all instruments and equipment for missing parts, items in need of repair. Performs general maintenance of instruments and equipment as needed.

Isolates equipment and instruments in need of repair; reports needed repairs to Supervisor, Sterile Processing.

Performs tray assemblage, proper packaging and preparation of all applicable instruments/equipment/supplies for sterilization. Monitors sterility dates on supplies.

Uses knowledge of sterilization principles to correctly wrap or package items for sterilization.

Ensures proper operation of autoclave units prior to use on a daily basis.

Processes all items appropriately using Sterad or steam sterilization.

Properly loads, operates and cleans all sterilizers, Sterad and steam, and all general equipment using biological and chemical control tests as required by department.

Maintains appropriate spore testing on routine basis and documents results as required.

Applies aseptic techniques in daily work assignments. Performs general cleaning of work surface/areas, sinks, sterilizers, racks, shelves and other storage areas.

Possesses knowledge of and uses personal protective equipment correctly and consistently.

Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.

Assists with processing department supply charges and any other clerical work related to the Sterile Processing, as requested.

Works closely with Supervisor, Sterile Processing; assists with orientation for new personnel.

Assists with monitoring and maintaining stock of chemical, linens, peel packs, etc.

Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.

Communicates appropriately and clearly to Surgical Services Manager. Sterile Processing Supervisor, Sterile Processing staff, and Hospital staff.

Maintains a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations.

Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.


Education/Experience Requirements:

High School graduate or equivalent.

Prior Sterile Processing Technician experience preferred.

Computer experience preferred.

BLS preferred.

CRCST required after 2 years experience.

About Us

Community Information: Great Falls has a city population of 60,000, with a draw of over 275,000 people in north central Montana. We experience mild winters and enjoy blue skies over 300 days per year. Great Falls is a wonderful and safe place to raise a family, with nationally ranked public schools and an average commute of under 12 minutes, making the quality of life in Great Falls unsurpassed in the Rocky Mountain West. Additionally, the Missouri River, a blue-ribbon fly-fishing destination, runs through the middle of town. Outdoor activities include camping, hiking, horseback riding, water and snow skiing, rock and ice climbing, boating, whitewater kayaking, off-road motorsports, upland bird and waterfowl hunting, and big-game hunting.

Benefis Health System: This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional health system in a state that is well known for its beautiful four seasons and outdoor lifestyle. While enjoying the last best place, you’ll have the added benefit of having access to Benefis Health System, one of the state’s most modern and progressive healthcare facilities with 500+ beds and over 270 employed medical staff members representing more than 40 specialties. Our state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technologies make Benefis an exceptional working environment and one of the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” five years in a row.

Date Posted: Posted 23 day(s) ago

Type of Employment: Regular

Job Family: TECH

Location: Great Falls, Montana