The Sterile Processing Supervisor provides supports the surgery department as well as other departments in the hospital where operative and other invasive procedures may be performed. The Sterile Processing Supervisor must follow recommended practices; the associate assists in the decontaminating, cleaning, maintaining, handling, storing, and/or sterilizing of surgical instruments and powered equipment and ensures other Associates involved in sterile processing procedures are following the same protocols.
Performs effective and timely decontamination of surgical instruments and powered equipment in a manner that minimizes the risk to the associate.
Inspects surgical instruments for function after cleaning and prepares items for storage and/or sterilization according to recommended practices to ensure sterility is achieved and maintained up to the point of use. Reports any identified needs for reorder, repair, or sharpening of instruments to the Surgery team leaders and/or instrument technician.
Responsible for the operation of steam sterilizers and Sterrad sterilizers. Maintains knowledge of exposure times and temperature settings for appropriate sterilizers. Monitors sterilizer for proper functioning by mechanical, chemical, and biological indicators according to established standards.
Ensures quality assurance data is recorded from the sterilization cycle and maintained for a time period specified by local, state, and federal regulations.
Performs preventive maintenance on sterilizers on a scheduled basis as outlined by the manufacturers' written instructions regarding the proper cleaning. Performs troubleshooting for minor problems with equipment. Notifies biomedical engineering for problems not able to troubleshoot.
Ensures proper assembly of instrument sets and accuracy of instrument set count sheets for all sets. Notifies Surgery team leaders when discrepancies are noted between the instrument sets and count sheets.
Prepares items for storage and/or sterilization according to recommended practices to ensure sterility is achieved and maintained up to the point of use. Ensures sterilized instruments and/or sets are returned to assigned locations after processing.
Collaborates with the OR team to facilitate meeting the needs of the daily Surgery Schedule.
Provides supervision of SPD techs to facilitate work flow by making daily assignments and maintaining monthly staffing schedule. Notifies Surgery Director/Clinical Supervisor of staffing needs and issues.
Maintains permanent records of sterilization quality reports and reports any problems with sterilization monitoring to biomedical engineering, Infection Control, and Surgery Director/Clinical Supervisor.
Coordinates orientation of new SPD associates in conjunction with the Surgery Clinical Educator.
Maintains adequate par levels of SPD supplies to insure daily operations while remaining within the operational budget.
Maintains an organized log book for instrument and supply decontamination and sterilization needs for other departments in the CSHS. Insures efficient processing of those needs in
Our Mission: WHY WE EXIST. To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Core Values: WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.DIGNITY Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved. INTEGRITY Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships. EXCELLENCE High standards of service and per...formance. COMPASSION Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern. STEWARDSHIP Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.Our Vision: WHAT WE ARE STRIVING TO DO. CHRISTUS HEALTH, a Catholic health ministry, will be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love. Our Name and Symbol:WHO WE ARE. CHRISTUS is Latin for "Christ," and proclaims publicly the core of our mission. OUR NAME choice also recognizes the heritage of our two congregational sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio. Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word, the Word of God made flesh. It is, therefore, only fitting that it is in another form of His name that our health ministries are called together. OUR SYMBOL Reflects the healing ministry of Jesus Christ - a combination of a medical cross and a religious cross. The flowing banner on the cross is a common symbol of the risen Christ, while the royal purple signifies Christ. The flowing banner also conveys a sense of motion as we move forward into a new era of service to our communities.