Since 1969, OCR has been local and physician-owned with strong ties to the community. With talented, hardworking, and friendly staff, we work toward the common goal of serving residents of CO, WY, and NE with specialty-focused care. We are experiencing tremendous growth and are adding talented people in all of our locations!
The Instrument Technician is responsible for the cleaning, sterilization, care and maintenance of all surgical instruments. This position is also responsible for pulling, organizing, and preparing all surgical supplies required for the following day’s procedures. The Instrument Technician must function as an integral member of the Operating Room team.
Employees must abide by all applicable accrediting body requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the education and experience identified below and be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily, either with or without a reasonable accommodation. The below is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job and is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs required biological testing of autoclaves daily and maintains documentation of that testing.
- Cleans, disinfects, and decontaminates all instruments; assembles/reassembles instrument trays according to standard protocol; wraps and sterilizes all instrument trays.
- Inspects instruments for proper functioning; sends malfunctioning or broken instruments out for repair or coordinates repair with supervisor; arranges for sharpening of instruments as necessary.
- Maintains sterilization records for every sterilizer and properly documents each load.
- Checks sterile instrument packages for breaks in sterile packaging; repackages and re-sterilizes contaminated instruments/supplies.
- Pulls supplies for all surgical cases.
- Unloads supplies from the receiving area and properly stores.
- Assists with room turnovers by cleaning and sterilizing instruments needed for the following case/procedure.
- Participates in utilization and cost containment activities.
- Assists in developing and revising policies and procedures for the Sterile Processing Department.
- Functions as a member of the Surgery Center/OCR team.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
- High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
- Demonstrated knowledge of universal safety precautions, and procedures.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the care and treatment of surgical instruments; knowledge of sterilization techniques and hands on experience with autoclaves, preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
- Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
- Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
- Oral and Written Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information; ability to communicate with clients or customers.
- Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
- Organization Skills – Establishes and prioritizes tasks in order to manage time and resources appropriately; identifies and/or assigns resources to meet objectives in timely manner; establishes goals and objectives that align with the needs/targets set by their department; reports on results to promote accountability and takes action as appropriate.
- Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.
- Confidentiality - Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy. Adheres to HIPAA guidelines.
Independence of Action
Work is closely monitored by supervisor/manager; detailed instructions and procedures are generally provided.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
Position requires acceptable motor vehicle driving history, valid and free from restrictions, and must have a valid driver’s license and appropriate vehicle insurance coverage. Ability to travel between all OCR locations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
(The phrases “occasionally”, “regularly”, and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “occasionally” means up to one-third of working time, “regularly” means between half and two-thirds of working time, and “frequently” means two-thirds and more of working time.)
- The work environment is a typical medical office environment. The employee must be able to complete their work satisfactorily in an environment where there are significant distractions, including staff, patients, and vendors walking through and conversing, telephones ringing, conversations carrying over, loud noises, and interruptions to answer questions from others.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls up to 12 hours per day. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear up to 12 hours per day. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl up to 12 hours a day.
- The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and should do so in a sound and safe manner. The employee will occasionally assist patients in turning (170 lb average); will occasionally assist patient in arising from exam table; will occasionally push wheelchair patients; and occasionally assists patients in arising from and returning to wheelchair or bed.
Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.
*Benefit eligibility is dependent on employment status, and a waiting period may apply.
Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination or harassment of any kind. OCR is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual experience and qualifications, without regard to a person’s race, color, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other protected status.