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Surgical Technician, Sterile Processing Department at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The shift for this position is 5:30a-2p.


  • Assembles surgical instrument trays and pans and delivers sterilized items to the operating room.

  • Assembles special procedure trays for such complex surgeries as open heart, transplant, major orthopedic surgeries, neurosurgical, laparoscopic, and spine surgeries.

  • Accountable for the care and handling of instruments and equipment in designated service line(s).

  • Responsible for standardization maintenance of all designated service line(s) instrument trays.

  • Ensures designated instrument tray inventory completeness, maintenance, readiness for daily surgical cases.

  • Responsible for availability of loaner and consigned trays in designated service line for daily surgical schedule.

  • Uses computer to scan PIC tickets on instrument trays and case cart protocol.

  • Responsible for designated case cart readiness for daily surgical schedule.

  • Properly operates cleaning and sterilization equipment such as washers, sterilizers, sonic cleaners and cart washers.

  • Restocks prep areas with supplies and takes inventory of sterile instrument pans and trays.

  • May retrieve contaminated equipment, supplies, trays and instruments from patient care areas for cleaning and sterilization.

  • May collect needles and sharps containers from Operating Room for proper disposal.

  • Monitors all sterilization equipment by testing and recording indicators.

  • Assists in operating room and sterile processing training staff in the identification of surgical instruments and individual pans.

  • Delegates assignments and adjusts work flow to meet the most important needs.

  • Accountable for the care and handling of instruments and equipment.

  • Operates sterilization equipment for the proper sterilization of surgical instruments.

  • Follows established sterilization policy and procedures.

  • Assists in evaluating various products, supplies and equipment pertinent to designated service line(s) instrument trays.

  • Coordinates semiannual tray review with service line leaders and physicians in the operating room.

  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the principles of sterile technique and infection control; practices appropriate procedures to maintain a sterile environment.

  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent.

  • Successful completion of a surgical technologist training program.

  • Certified as a surgical technologist or sterile processing technician required.

  • Two years surgical technologist experience required.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs.; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs., 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs., 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs. max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs.; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.

    ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock , Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.