Sterile Processing Supervisor, Supply Chain Management

Job Description

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

The Supervisor - Sterile Processing is in charge of SPD shift operations. Coordinates staff, instrument and case cart management as well as safe and proper use and maintenance of equipment. Is responsible for the cleaning and decontamination, assembly, processing and sterilization of trays, instruments, according to Infection Control Policies and Procedures. Also assembles case carts for OR/OB.

The Supervisor - Sterile Processing is in charge of SPD shift operations. Coordinates staff, instrument and case cart management as well as safe and proper use and maintenance of equipment. Is responsible for the cleaning and decontamination, assembly, processing and sterilization of trays, instruments, according to Infection Control Policies and Procedures. Also assembles case carts for OR/OB.

Responsibilities

Performs decontamination function
    • Disassembles, cleans, and disinfects instruments and equipment used for patient care utilizing correct manual and mechanical processes.
    • Operates equipment used in the decontamination process, i.e. sonic washer, cart washers, washer sterilizers, and decontaminators.
    • Unloads case carts containing soiled instruments and places in designated area.
    • Performs cleaning tasks in work area as assigned.
    • Uses universal precautions when working in decontamination area, i.e. gloves, face shield, protective gown.
    • Utilizes computer system to track instruments and case cart.

Assembles instrument trays and packs
    • Unloads instruments from washer sterilizers and distributes to appropriate workstations.
    • Assembles instrument trays and packs utilizing written instructions and proper protocol.
    • Applies sterilization wrappers properly to maintain the integrity of the contents.
    • Utilizes heat sealer on packs as needed.
    • Each item is identified correctly on the outside packaging of each item.
    • Transports trays to sterilization area.

Operates sterilizers, documents loads, and returns stock to appropriate area.
    • Loads trays, packs, and basins onto sterilizer loading rack, utilizing correct procedures.
    • Maintains competencies with multiple modalities of sterilization procedures. (Steam, ETO, Plasma, Steris).
    • Able to operate each type of sterilizer. Selects correct cycle and time period required for specified load.
    • Accurately documents all sterilization information. This can be completed manually or through the use of a computer.
    • Biological monitoring is completed per departmental policy.
    • Sterile supplies are handled properly and restocked in sterile storage area. All items are rotated as required.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of ethylene oxide sterilization and needed precautions. Knowledgeable and able to implement evacuation procedure.
    • All equipment is continuously monitored to ensure it is functioning properly.

Assembles case carts per departmental procedures.

Shift Supervisor
    • Supervises staff and operations of sterile processing activities including decontamination, cleaning, assembly, sterilization, storing and distribution of supplies and case carts used in the OR/OB and other procedural care areas.
    • Continually monitors work load in of each assignment and makes adjustments as needed.
    • Oversees employee schedule and continually monitors to make sure adequate staffing is maintained.
    • Provides encouragement and appropriate solutions to allow employees and coworkers to achieve departmental goals.
    • Assists by being a resource person in the case cart, sterilization, decontamination, and instrument areas in the absence of the Instrument Processing Technician.
    • Maintains quality aseptic procedures.
    • Ensures department guidelines are adhered to.
    • Provides input to manager on evaluations and corrective counseling.

Other Consistent use of the barcode technology to track productivity.
    • Use of computerized instrument tracking system to validate tray production against online list/error proofing systems to ensure accuracy of assembly.
    • Consistent use of the barcode technology to track productivity.
    • Produce pick sheets from computer.
    • Active participant in QA activities and serves on six sigma teams.
    • Maintain assigned work areas and equipment in a clean and organized condition to maintain required standards for handling sterilized and clean materials and to maintain a safe work environment.
    • Assists with one-on-one training of other associates.
    • Follows instructions and departmental guidelines regarding sterility.
    • Attends departmental in-services and mandatory meetings.
    • Acts as a liaison between Sterile Processing and all customers and communicates in a courteous manner.
    • Makes effective use of time and is able to distinguish between low and high priority activities.
    • Delivers equipment and supplies to various departments as needed.


Qualifications

EDUCATION:
  • HS/GED required, AA recommended

LICENSE & CERTIFICATION:
  • Maintain a current registration as a C.R.C.S.T.

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
  • 3 years in SPD required, 5 years recommended.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
  • Requires command of the English language.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to follow detailed instruction with minimal supervision.
  • Must be detail-oriented, with ability to identify and correct errors.
  • Must be team oriented.
  • Requires working knowledge of PC.
Knowledge of regulatory standards, i.e. AAMI, JCAHO, AORN