Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
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DescriptionJob Schedule: Full Time
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Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 122-bed, general acute care community hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for the 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment.
Under moderate direction of the Sterile Processing Manager coordinates smooth flow of surgical instrument processing and case cart management activities. Serves as liaison between CS and surgical areas concerning all aspects of the case cart system/. Communicating and educating CS techs of changes and requirements for sterilization and assembly equipment, supplies and procedure trays, according to established procedures. Checks levels and delivers supplies to nursing units. Maintains tracking system data. Knowledge of sterilization standards and procedures and C.S. related medical terminology. Ability to adequately use, or learn to use, the department’s computerized system and it associated devices. Attends Connecticut Central Service Association (CCSA) on a regular basis.
1. Mission, Core Values and Service Excellence Standards
Contributes to the creation of a compassionate and caring environment for patients, families and colleagues through display of kindness and active listening. Recognizes and appreciates that each employee’s work is valuable and contributes to the success of our mission.
Demonstrates excellence in daily work. Willing to actively participate in performance and quality improvement activities and work toward enhancing customer/patient satisfaction.
Contributes to a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors, and coworkers by greeting others in a friendly manner, keeping customer/patients/colleagues informed about process, delays and changes.
Demonstrates stewardship by thoughtful and responsible use of resources including maintaining a clean and hospitable environment, starting work on time, maintaining good attendance, displaying consciousness regarding cost, supplies and department finances.
2. Ensures and educates staff on proper decontamination of surgical instruments and equipment in
order to clean, identify and inspect.
Processes procedure trays, instruments and equipment through the decontamination room according to established procedures with no more than tow documented errors annually.
Utilizes detergents, disinfectants, and washers in a prescribed manner for proper cleaning/decontamination and drying, following universal precautions, with no more than two documented errors annually
Identifies and checks instruments for proper operation and overall condition according to established procedures with no more than two documented errors annually.
Demonstrates proper body mechanics of all functions
Trains and/or validates training of CS processing techs in all aspects of decontamination procedures.
3. Ensures proper assembly and packaging of instrument sets to allow steam penetration and sterilization. Collaborates with Sterile Processing Manager, OR Clinical Manager and Service Leaders to ensure flow and availability of OR instruments
Assembles and wraps procedure trays following the established procedure for each tray with no more than two documented errors annually.
Coordinates and implements surgical instrument set revisions, additions or deletions as requested by operating room team leaders. Imitates tracking system changes and communicates, educates CS technicians of all assembly requirements.
Monitors availability and stock levels of all surgical sets prioritizing assembly in order to maintain OR schedule and eliminate need for flash sterilization.
Operates steam and gas sterilizers, aerator, and other equipment relating to sterilization of supplies, according to written Q.A. procedures with no more than two documented errors annually.
4. Conducts biological monitoring with SPD Department.
Performs Bowie Dick and biological testing of all sterilizers in the department daily in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
Incubates, interprets and records results of all biological tests, with less than two documentation errors annually.
Immediately implements recall procedures when positive biological testing is encountered, notifying all effected departments, C.S. Supervisor and Epidemiology Department.
5. Prepares Code Blue Carts, performs Distribution rounds.
Maintains prescribed inventory levels for each cart with no more than two documented errors, annually. Makes changes on cart content list as requested and approved by clinical staff.
Ensures proper rotation of all supplies and carts within and out of the department, as observed by supervisors.
Monitors Code Blue Carts outside the department according to established Q.A. procedure, within established time frames.
6. Monitors the work flow of designated shifts to ensure the completion of work assignments to satisfy
Answers telephone in a courteous manner according to department policy, maintaining complete and accurate records of all messages and requests with no more than two documented complaints annually.
Assigns workload to C.S. aides, taking in consideration priority of work and skill of employee as demonstrated by assignments being completed on time.
Submits suggestion to facilitate the work flow of the department
Meets Performance Expectation of Customer Service, Teamwork, Resource Utilization, Staff and Self Development.
Monitors instrument replacement and maintenance needs to insure availability of functional instrument sets at all time.
Willingly offers assistance to all others when requested as observed by the Sterile Processing Manager.
7. Maintains a clean and safe work environment. Contributes to the efficient operation of the department.
Cleans, inspects and maintains equipment according to written procedures, as observed by supervisors.
Adheres to all safety procedures with particular attention to the operation of sterilizers, with less than two errors annually.
Employs written procedures when using E.T.O. as observed by supervisors.
Contributes to the time management of the department by being punctual to work and on job assignment according to hospital standards.
Supports hospital and SPD department policies, programs, and procedures through works and/or actions as observed by the Sterile Processing Manager.
Participates in staff meetings as determined by the Sterile Processing Manager.
Completes work assignments on time/readily accepts assignments as observed by the nurse manager.
Reports to work on time and is at work as scheduled, as observed by the nurse manager.
8. Displays and upholds CHH core values of dignity, compassion, service excellence, community and integrity. Consistently demonstrates caring for patients, for one another, and for the organization they are part of, and contributes to building trust, pride and camaraderie.
JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL REQUIREMENTS, AND DESIRED ATTRIBUTES
Internal and external contact with all necessary parties. Handles multiple priorities, independent discretion/decision making, manages stress appropriately, works alone effectively, works in close proximity to others and/or in a distracting environment, works with others effectively. Attends all mandatory education programs and can describe his/her responsibilities related to general safety and regulatory compliance. Attends all required department-specific education and training programs and can describe his/her responsibilities related to department safety and specific job‑related hazards. Follows the hospital exposure control plans/bloodborne and airborne pathogens. Attire is professional, neat, clean, and appropriate for the work environment. Wears proper identification while on duty. Maintains confidentiality of all hospital and patient information at all times, as observed by peers and management. Reports to work on time and meets acceptable standard for attendance. Attends a minimum of two staff meetings, reads minutes for all staff meetings, and participates in committees as required.
Central Service Certification Required.
Experience in central services department which includes, but is not limited to, knowledge of surgical instrumentation, case cart assembly and aseptic technique preferred. Three to five years in central services or related experience is highly desired. Prefer basic knowledge of computers.
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