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SPD Technician
Category: Health Care Industry
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Job code: lhw-e0-90642370

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Eastern Maine Healthcare System

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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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SPD Technician
**Reprocesses and terminally sterilizes surgical & medical instruments and equipment.
**High School Graduate or Equivalent **
**The Technician must be able to pass the national certification test for sterile processing technicians, once reaching eligibility (1-2 years of experience depending on hire date) and to maintain that certification through successful completion of offered continuing education units. ****
**Basic knowledge of biology to understand infection control and medical terminology relating to instrument decontamination, sterilization and packaging procedures; the ability to identify, by name and surgical specialty, a large variety of surgical instruments; the ability to prioritize workload; the ability to deal positively with a variety of customers, oftentimes in highly stressful situation; the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting. The Technician must recognize the professional responsibility for maintaining instrumentation, equipment and supplies for all Operating Rooms and all other departments served by Sterile Processing. Failure to do so can compromise patient care, staff and physician satisfaction, and the cost of business.** **
*Physical Requirements*
**Hearing acuity is necessary to hear equipment alarms. Hearing and speech acuity necessary to receive and interpret telephone calls. Visual acuity and the ability to read English necessary to follow written directions and procedures. Visual acuity and color vision necessary to identify instruments that are color-coded and interpret chemical sterilization indicators. The Technician must possess the degree of total body strength and flexibility to lift trays of instruments weighing from 30-40 lbs. Must be able to bend and reach in order to place items and/or sets from 5" to 68" off the floor. Upper body strength is needed to pull and push carts, tables, sterilization carts, etc. Manual dexterity is needed to disassemble and reassemble surgical equipment. Standing and walking comprises about 90% of the technician's workday. 15% of the time is spent pulling and pushing. 75% of the time is spent in repetitive motion. ****
**There is a high level of noise, heat and humidity due to the decontamination process. The decontamination process requires wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), routine contact with infectious material and a variety of caustic detergents, cleaners, or disinfectants, as well as steam equipment. .

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