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PRN Sterile Processing Tech II

Req #:  118869
Facility:  Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Department:  Clinical Support
City:  Chicago
Posting Budget Status:  Rotate All Shifts
Shift Type:  Registry
Posting FTE:  0

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, located on Chicago’s North Side, is one of the state’s largest, most comprehensive nonprofit medical centers. Illinois Masonic Medical Center offers a wide range of medical specialties and is nationally recognized for its medical expertise, use of the most innovative technologies and dedication to patient safety, quality and service.  A commitment to community, medical education and ongoing clinical research affirms our mission of providing patients the highest quality care in Chicagoland, as illustrated by our many honors, including being named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics.

Position Requirements:

  • High school diploma, or GED.
  • BS preferred
  • 3-5 years SPD experience
  • Registered Certified Central Service Tech through CBSPD or IAHCSMM
  • ETO exposure.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills, attitude and aptitude.
  • Ability to communicate and follow directions.
  • Ability to de-escalate situations and complaints.
  • Computer skills, ability to use email.
  • Experiene in operating sterilization equipment.
  • Exposure to blood/body fluids.
  • Work for extended time periods in full personal protective equipment when performing decontamination functions
  • Hepatitis vaccine at hire
  • Ability to respond quickly to emergent situations.
  • Strength/dexterity to handle surgical instruments/equipment
  • Ability to access all areas of the department
  • The Surgical Processing Specialist must be able to respond appropriately to alarms on monitoring equipment, sterilization devices and telephone calls. The associate must be able to discern the difference in surgical instruments prior to assembly.

Ability to push loaded OR case carts to and from various surgery suite locations
Lifting up to instrumentation trays up to 35 pounds

Provide hospital and affiliate facilities with processed materials and equipment ensuring a quality product for patient care by executing established procedures for decontamination, assembly, packaging and sterilization. Primary responsibilties include ensuring proper decontamination, and the inspection, cleaning and assembly and packaging of medical/surgical equipment to the standards dictated by Advocate Illinois Masonic Infection Control, AIMMC policies and procedures and the AAMI, to ensure a sterile and functioning supply of surgical equipment. Provides departmental leadership for scheduled shift.

Performance of Assembly/Packaging/Wrapping. The Surgical Processing Specialist is accountable for the instrument assembly and preparation function which includes inspection and assembly of instrumentation sets used in the Operating Room as well as other departments in the hospital, or affiliated clinics.
Performance of Sterilization. The SPD Specialist Tech is accounatble for the the most technically complex function in CPD. Sterilization and the maintenance of sterility, as well as the specific procedures that must be followed are required in this accountability. The importance of ensuring that all items marked 'sterile” are in fact sterile cannot be over~emphasized. It is imperative that technicians apply knowledge of AAMI standards and the factors that affect the process of sterilization.
Decontamination of Patient Care Equipment. The decontamination function encompasses cleaning and disinfecting of reusable instruments, supplies and equipment used in surgical patient care. This process is pivotal to breaking the disease transmission chain and this is essential to infection control and sterility assurance. The Surgical Processing Specialist is responsible for performing the above consistent with established guidelines and protocols.
Communication skills necessary to support the provision of quality surgical services to our staff and patients.
Performance of Inventory/Storage/Distribution functions
Maintenance of Effective Functions in the Department and Implementation of Quality Improvement
Provision of Shift Departmental Leadership Accountabilities

About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago