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Sterile Processing Technician I/II - Extra Help

Company: Kern Medical
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Kern Medical has been a community cornerstone since its founding in 1867. Today, we are an acute care teaching center with 222 beds, offering the only advanced trauma care between Fresno and Los Angeles.Kern Medical offers a range of primary, specialty, and multi-specialty services including high-risk pregnancy care, inpatient psychiatric services integrated with county mental health programs, and a growing network of outpatient clinics providing personalized patient-centered wellness care. Kern Medical cares for 15,500 inpatients and 125,000 clinic patients a year.

Career Opportunities within Kern Medical include many benefits such as:

  • Extra-help employment has a limited term (up to 9 months).

  • Health Benefits coverage may be offered.

  • Shift Differentials vary per classification.

Position: Sterile Processing Technician I/II - Extra Help

Job Description

The Sterile Processing Technician I/II participates in decontamination, cleaning, assembling, packaging, scanning, sterilization, storage and distribution of reusable surgical/medical instrumentation and equipment.


The Sterile Processing Technician I is the non-certified level of the Sterile Processing Technician series. The Sterile Processing Technician II is the certified level of the Sterile Processing Technician series.

Both levels will maintains a high level of surgical conscience in professional behavior demonstrating understanding and application of principles to ensure high qualitydecontamination, assembly and sterilization of medical/surgical supplies and instrumentation.

Essential Functions:

  • Demonstrates knowledge related to maintenance, cleanliness, and sterilization of instruments and equipment;

  • Demonstrates awareness of appropriate sterilization method required for different instruments in accordance to manufacturers instructions;

  • Demonstrates knowledge of high level disinfection and sterilization of endoscopy equipment. (Maintains daily log, testing for efficacy of disinfecting solution with each cycle, performs biological tests and completes log, as per Kern Medical policies;

  • Receives all soiled instrumentation and implements the appropriate decontamination process per manufacturer instructions;

  • Practices Standards Precautions and utilizes required Personal Protective Equipment;

  • Prepares the Decontamination and Assembly Room with supplies and equipment needed;

  • Tests operational efficiency of Instrumentation prior to reprocessing and reports problems to Leadership;

  • Wraps trays and individual items according to established departmental protocols. Labels each item with name and processing date;

  • Monitors all instrumentation for proper sterilization prior to releasing for use;

  • Places Sterilized instruments on appropriate shelving and rotates accordingly;

  • Prioritizes and organizes instrumentation, equipment and supplies;

  • Implements manual cleaning cycle for autoclaves and Steris machines and other sterilizing/disinfecting machines;

  • Performs required quality controls e.g. Bowie Dick, DART, Biological Monitoring, Disinfecting Solution Efficacy Testing, Test Strips as indicated;

  • Maintains instruments/trays/scopes inventory and associated count sheets;

  • Anticipates high priority turn-arounds requests for specialized instrumentation to meet daily volume demands;

  • Reviews schedule daily for case instrumentation needs; remains abreast of changes made in the OR schedule;

  • Maintains a clean and orderly central processing area (e.g. shelves, counters, equipment);

  • Utilizes supplies and resources in a cost effective manner;

  • Appropriately handles the disposal of biohazardous materials.


  • Must possess thorough knowledge of surgical instrumentation.

  • Orders, restocks, and maintains essential inventory for departmental efficiency

  • Performs departmental environmental maintenance duties ensuring a clean and organized work environment;

  • Communicates with Material Management and Departmental Leadership any requests for equipment maintenance, repair or replacement, and removes defective equipment.

  • Maintains current knowledge of advances and current trends in Sterile Processing

  • Demonstrates attention to detail by ensuring that all documentation is legible, complete, accurate, and factual.

  • Performs other related duties within skill set when assigned.

Employment Standards:

Level I -

  • High School Diploma/GED required, OR,

  • Recent experience with Kern Medical as a Central Supply Assistant;

  • Completion of an approved Sterile Processing course or equivalent Surgical Services related experience preferred.

  • Possession and maintenance of a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card.

Level II -

  • High School Diploma/GED required

  • Completion of an approved Sterile Processing course or equivalent Surgical Services related experience required

  • Sterile Processing Technician certification required by either :International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM)

  • Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD)

  • Possession and maintenance of a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (BLS) card.

  • Appointees not possessing the BLS card must successfully complete appropriate training and qualify for the BLS card within 60 days of employment.

A background check will be conducted for this classification.

Keywords: Kern Medical, Bakersfield , Sterile Processing Technician I/II - Extra Help, Other , Bakersfield, California

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