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SSM Health Tech-Instrument - T8210 in Saint Louis, Missouri




Essential Functions: The following are essential job accountabilities and performance criteria:

Position Accountabilities

I. Recognizes needs and initiates appropriate action in regard to maintaining supplies and equipment. 15%


A. Assures all trays are cleaned and processed correctly and instruments are inspected for any defects that might affect their usage.

B. All instruments are properly decontaminated.

C. All trays are assembled correctly, according to instrument lists.

D. All instrument count sheets are signed by person assembling tray.

E. Produce a high volume of quality work.

F. Able to operate all equipment necessary to complete job.

G. Demonstrates ability to utilize the computer.

H. Actively seeks ways to develop skills.

II. Decontamination of instruments. 15%


A. Personal Protective Attire should be worn when decontaminating instruments.

B. Automatic and/or manual cleaning methods of equal effectiveness should be used.

C. Cleans appropriately.

D. Participates in preventative maintenance.

III. Processing of instruments. 15%


A. Instruments are inspected.

B. Instruments in disrepair should be labeled and taken out of service.

C. Instruments that are to be stored after decontamination/sterilization should be dried thoroughly.

D. Instruments with moveable parts should be disassembled when placed in trays designed for sterilization.

IV. Sterilization of instruments. 15%


A. Performs biological, chemical and mechanical monitoring of the sterilization functions in accordance with policies and procedures.

B. Sterilizes instruments, equipment and supplies as required; handles and stores instruments, equipment and supplies appropriately.

C. Appropriately and precisely processes trays, packs and peel pouch items.

D. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of cleaning, decontamination, sterilization and instrumentation.

E. Maintains inventory of area.

V. Demonstrates accountability for own professional practice. 10%


A. Adheres to all unit standards, policies, procedures when implementing clinical and technical aspects of duties.

  1. Participates in learning experiences that increase professional competence.

B. Demonstrates appropriate technical and cognitive skills for area of practice.

C. Is at work as scheduled and begins duties promptly at start of shift.

D. Maintains currency in all hospital / unit information, communication, policies and procedures.

  1. Attends staff meetings / reviews minutes when absent.

  2. Keeps up to date with policies and procedures.

E. Demonstrates ability to change and adapt to changing work demands.

  1. Responds positively to change.

  2. Provides assistance and support to peers, co-workers and other team members.

  3. Adapts positively to changes in unplanned work load and job demands.

F. Acts rapidly and effectively during any emergency.

G. Assumes responsibility for completing all mandatory requirements.

  1. Maintains current certification (if applicable)

  2. Yearly TB screening

  3. Annual Ethics Training (Initial Ethics, if new employee)

  4. Annual safety training

  5. Required information security course

  6. Required Abuse and Neglects course

  7. Annual blood borne pathogen training

  8. Coursework as assigned for .Edu

  9. Annual competency/skill day

  10. Age/Population specific competency

  11. Orientation competency (if new hire)

  12. Successful completion (and maintenance) of certification as a CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) by IAHSCMM (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) within two years of 9/1/11 or date of hire for employees hired thereafter.

a. Certification review course expense, study material and expense of initial certification exam will be provided by Saint Louis University Hospital.

b. Expense of maintaining certification thereafter will be that of the individual employee. (see c. below)

c. Currently, IAHSCMM annual recertification requires 12 Points. Points are to be accrued annually in hourly increments (1 hour equals 1 point; a ½ hour equals a ½ point, etc.).

IV. Ability to relate to coworkers in a professional manner. 5%


A. Orients and/or precepts new employees when required.

B. Participates in maintains a collaborative team approach toward work.

C. Functions as a resource person to co-workers, medical staff, and other members.

D. Utilizes Chain of Command effectively.

E. Practices according to safety and infection control policies.

F. Demonstrates ability to relate to coworkers in a professional and respectful manner, in order to assure and promote a culture of safety.

V. Practices according to safety and infection control policies. 10%


A. Practices standard precautions and disposes of hazardous wastes per established guidelines.

B. Maintains a safe, clean, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients/families/employees in accordance with hospital standards.

  1. Maintains clutter free environment.

  2. Keeps conversations and background noise to a minimum.

  3. Adheres to dress code.

C. Reports variation from care/treatment following the occurrence reporting policy and procedure.

VI. Provides service excellence to the customers of Saint Louis University Hospital. 5%


A. Demonstrates courtesy, compassion, and respect.

  1. Provides prompt, respectful, courteous service.

  2. Meets physical, spiritual, psychological, and emotional needs of patients and families

  3. Apologizes for mix-up and delay.

  4. Maintains a non-judgmental attitude.

  5. Respects the dignity of patients by providing privacy, comfort, and confidentiality of information.

B. Communicates effectively.

  1. Listens to staff/patient/family concerns and addresses needs.

  2. Allows time for questions.

  3. Relays information to family in surgical waiting room (if necessary).

C. Maintains a cooperative relationship with members of the medical staff.

  1. Communication is timely and effective.

VII. Incorporates Performance Improvement and Evidence-Based Practice into one’s professional practice. 5%


A. Assists in developing and implementing operating room goals.

B. Identifies opportunities for improvement, participates in data collection when requested, suggests solutions, communicates using appropriate lines of authority and works toward problem resolution.

C. Participates in performance/process improvement process.

D. Participates in research activities in the operating room.

VIII. Cost Effective Services 5%


A. Uses resources efficiently.

B. Recommends change in practice that increase efficiency and minimize waste.

C. Prioritizes responsibilities.

D. Utilizes non-clinical time in a constructive manner, i.e. .Edu, mandatory education requirements.

DISCLAIMER: Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Rationale for Essential Functions

1) The performance of this function is the reason the job exists.

2) There are limited employees among whom the performance of this function can be distributed.

3) This function occupies a great deal of the employee’s time.

4) This function is highly specialized. Employees are hired for the skill/ability to perform this function.

5) Failure to perform this function may have serious consequences.

6) The function was performed by past employees, and is performed by current employees.

7) Exposure to blood borne pathogens that require the use of protective equipment.

8) Exposure to tuberculosis that requires the use of protective equipment.

Job Specifications

MINIMUM EDUCATION: High school graduate or equivalent

*Certification as a CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) by IAHSCMM (International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management) * See V., #12 above

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: 1 year hospital experience, instrument room experience preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS: May be required to wear protective clothing such as masks, gowns and gloves in addition to adhering to the department dress code; Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne disease; Must be able to work with electrical equipment; May be exposed to hot/cold material and chemical agents (see MDS sheets); Exposure to latex.

SOCIAL CONDITIONS: Must be able to work alone, with others, and around others.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to tolerate prolonged, extensive, or considerable sitting, standing, and walking; Must be able to carry equipment and supplies; Must be able to read and write; Must be able to communicate information in a manner appropriate for intended audiences; Must have manual dexterity; Must be able to lift 50 pounds and push/pull 100+ pounds.

COGNITIVE DEMANDS: Must be able to work independently and in groups, in a quiet or distractible environment, on a structured or unstructured task; Must have good organization, planning, reasoning, judgment, problem solving, safety awareness skills, and cognitive flexibility; Ability to operate and perform maintenance on a PC -based Instrument Tracking System (basic computer skills).



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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified. An individual working in their job classification must also perform specific tasks upon request by supervisor personnel. Furthermore, the duties and responsibilities for this job classification are subject to change at the discretion of the medical center.

SSM Health is committed to equal employment opportunity based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and all other statuses protected by law.