State of Washington Classified Job Specification
HOSPITAL CENTRAL SERVICES TECHNICIAN TRAINEE
Class Series Concept
Provide patient care products and equipment following prescribed procedures. Receive contaminated equipment and instrument procedure trays, including sharps. Operate toxic gas and high pressure steam sterilizers to perform disinfection and sterilization. Maintain inventory control and quality assurance. Assemble complex arrangements of specialized and intricate surgical instruments, equipment and supplies for surgical procedures.
Participate in training to receive, decontaminate, assemble, sterilize and store instruments, operation room basin sets, utensils, equipment and supplies according to prescribed procedures and techniques in a hospital central services unit and materials management stockroom. Learn to: perform inventory control functions through both manual and computerized programs for patient billing purposes; test and operate complex sterilizing equipment; prepare chemical disinfectant solutions.
Under direct supervision in a training program, learn to perform entry-level work receiving, decontaminating, assembling, sterilizing and packaging equipment and supplies. Completed work is reviewed for accuracy, adequacy and adherence to instructions and established procedures.
Participate in a training program to learn to:
Verify correct sterilization cycles by checking and signing graphs and printouts;
Load autoclave carts and process products, including surgical instrument sets and respiratory equipment, through terminal sterilization using either steam or toxic gas as appropriate;
Perform, analyze, and document sterilizer function tests using vacuum, chemical, and biological indicators; take appropriate action for abnormal results;
Perform basic calculations related to verifying sterilizer functions and inventory control:
Inspect, test, assemble, package, label and date instruments, basins and procedure trays; label and sterilize linen packs and selected disposables; tag for repair;
Inventory and assemble special emergency kits such as Code 199 and disaster carts;
Inventory shelf level of processed items; rotate trays and products to accommodate inventory movement before shelf-life expiration dates; remove outdated trays and products from shelves;
Assemble and set up equipment such as I.V. pumps, vacuum regulators (wall suction), chest pumps, hyper/hypothermia units; test and make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment;
Prepare disinfectant solutions from toxic substances and chemicals; disinfect patient care equipment such as isolettes, infusion pumps, blood pressure cuffs and pacemakers;
Sort, soak, and hand-clean basins and instruments; disassemble as needed; load into baskets and process through automatic washer/sterilizers;
Restock supply lockers;
Enter inventory data using a computer terminal or manual method;
Store sterile and/or clean products;
Transport soiled instruments, basins, and equipment from all patient care areas to the Central Service decontamination area;
Operate semi-automatic cart washer to clean case carts, utility carts, patient chairs, etc.;
Perform related duties as required.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
High school graduation
Class Specification History
New Class: 4-15-91
Revise Class/Title: 7-14-2000
New class code, formerly 6044, effective July 1, 2007.