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UnityPoint Health Sterile Processing Technician - Surgery Center Cedar Rapids (PRN) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Sterile Processing Tech is responsible for decontamination, cleaning, processing, and sterilization of supplies and equipment dispensed by the department following established infection control practices. Must be conscientious with regard to procedures and capable of working under pressure and interacting professionally with coworkers and other departments within the Surgery Center. Able to accept new ideas and learn position duties. Participates in the department’s performance improvement activities.


  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of Standard Precautions

  • Applies aseptic technique in daily work assignments. Performs general cleaning of department surface areas, rack, shelving, storage cabinets, all storage areas, and sterilizers.

  • Maintains assigned work areas and equipment in a clean and organized condition to maintain required standards for the handling of sterilized and clean materials and equipment.

  • Has a basic knowledge of equipment operation and maintenance.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of safety matters and policies.

  • Expresses knowledge of chemical disinfectants.

  • Decontaminates instruments, equipment & all other devices per manufacturer guidelines.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of washer decontamination equipment and is able to function independently in the decontamination area.

  • Knowledgeable regarding handling and care of instruments, tray preparation and special procedure items.

  • Assembles all instrument procedure trays using protocol content lists as a guide.

  • Ensures items needing repair are removed from service and delivered to the SPD office.

  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the principles of sterilization.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of sterilizing procedures and biological monitoring/documentation of the steam & Sterrad sterilizers.

  • Sterilizes instruments, equipment, linen and supplies using various types of autoclaves. Loads autoclaves in prescribed manner and sets controls to specified time and temperature according to the type of items being sterilized. Completes appropriate documentation records prior to sterilization.

  • Maintains a 3% or less error rate.

  • Performs other related duties that may be assigned.

  • Is aware of Surgery Center and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or Surgery Center administrative staff.

  • Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.


  • High school graduate or equivalent required.

  • Must read, write, speak, and comprehend English fluently. (to read and interpret manufacturers instructions, sterilization records and all other documentation pertinent to SPD )

  • Employee is encouraged to complete sterile processing certification.


  • Entry level position

  • Prefer minimum (1) year clinical experience

Requisition ID: 2021-93816

Street: 1075 First Ave SE

Name: 1010 UnityPoint Health CR St Lukes Hospital

Name: Ambulatory Surgery/SCCR

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.01

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: PRN As Needed - Monday thru Friday 0600-1700

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