CSPS Sterile Processing Technician III - Night Shift at Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:


Under the general guidance and direction of the CSPS Clinical Operations Supervisor the Central Sterile Processing Technician 3 independently performs all core job responsibilities in the Sterile Processing Department. Core Sterile Processing functions include receiving, sorting and decontamination of surgical/clinic items and instrumentation; inspection and packaging of single instruments and instrument kits; identification of appropriate sterilization method and cycle selection, appropriate documentation for all sterile processes; and accurate inventory assignment relating to the case cart build process. The Central Sterile Processing Technician 3 acts as a resource to leadership and junior technicians by actively participating in training activities and completing special assignments. The Central Sterile Processing Technician 3 is expected to specialize and display subject matter expert for a service, process, or assignment participating in meeting or group activities as appropriate. The Central Sterile Processing Technician 3 is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all required certifications.


Must be able to perform all duties in accordance with the MGH Policies and Procedures. International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) and/or the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) standards and procedures should be understood and followed. Responsible for obtaining and maintaining CRCST or CBSPD at all times during employment.

Collaborative Functions

  • Precepts and verifies competency and skill development of staff as appropriate providing meaningful feedback to Training and Staff Development Coordinator and Clinical Operations Supervisor.

  • Functions as resource for junior technicians in interpreting instrument processing policies and procedures.

  • Develops and maintains expert knowledge of surgical service, sterile process, or instrument classification.

  • Coordinates work flow and prioritizes work activities to meet department needs in an efficient manner.

  • Participates in cross functional work groups to develop and implement quality improvement projects.

Decontamination and Cleaning of Reusable Medical Devices

• Utilizes approved PPE as appropriate.

• Receives soiled, used, and/or contaminated equipment, surgical instruments, scopes, and supplies from Operating Rooms, patient care units, and specialized areas; documents arrival and cleaning process utilizing SPM.

• Disassembles items as needed before choosing appropriate cleaning method.

• Identifies items in need of repair upon receipt and ensures information is maintained during cleaning process.

• Selects and utilizes appropriate manual cleaning tools to achieve instrument decontamination, including but not limited to instrument brushes, enzymatic detergent, flushing devices, ultrasonic bath, leak tested

• Selects and utilizes appropriate automated cleaning tools to achieve instrument decontamination; this includes loading and selecting appropriate cycles on automated washers.

• Cleans work area by wiping area with antibacterial agent upon work completion or as needed.

• Other duties as assigned

Assembly and Packaging of Reusable Medical Devices

• Documents all work performed utilizing instrument tracking software SPM.

• Inspects and assembles all equipment, instruments, scopes, and instrument sets following product recipe, verifies items are functional, free of debris and required per instrument recipe.

• Documents items missing from instrument set, escalating set to CSPS Clinical Operations Supervisor or Designee for further guidance.

• Identifies and places appropriate internal indicator as required.

• Selects appropriate packaging method, including any sterilization accessories (corner protectors ect); ensures all external indicators and/or labels are securely affixed to item.

• Transports items to sterilization as needed.

• Maintains clean and organized work area, ensuring workspace is functional for peer use upon work completion or as needed.

• Other duties as assigned.

Sterilization and High Level Disinfection of Reusable Medical Devices

• Interprets package labeling to select appropriate sterilization method and approved cycle, options include Steam, ETO, STERRAD, or other as required.

• Inspects packages to ensure all external indicators, filters, and/or labels are securely affixed to items, returns non satisfactory products to instrument room.

• Loads sterilizer as appropriate to ensure cycle completion; includes biological testing as appropriate.

• Performs routine sterilizer testing including biological monitoring, leak test, and bowie dick test as appropriate.

• Following established policies interprets and appropriately documents results of sterilizer testing. Escalates positive results as appropriate for intervention.

• Removes and inspects items from sterilizer utilizing approved methods to preserve package integrity.

• Following established procedures selects appropriate High Level Disinfection method, manual (Cidex OPA) or automatic (AER), for heat sensitive instruments, equipment or flexible endoscopes.

• AER options include STERIS System 1 E, Medivator, Custom UltraSonic, or Trophon.

• Performs ATP testing on endoscopes as required.

• Utilizes approved PPE as appropriate.

• Performs daily AER maintenance in accordance with established policies and procedures, documents appropriately.

• Performs daily Cidex OPA maintenance in accordance with established policies and procedures, documents appropriately.

• Other duties as assigned.

Inventory Management and Case Cart Build

• Utilizes patient specific pick lists to accurately gather surgical instruments and disposable supplies requested by attending surgeon or other Peri-Operative representative.

• Documents case cart build process in SPM, continuously updating the record as items are fulfilled to maintain integrity of needs list.

• Inspects items during the pick process to ensure package integrity remains intact, package is within expiration date, and substitutions are appropriate.

• Communicates unmet surgical supply requests to leadership for resolution assistance.

• Returns supplies not used after surgical procedures to their proper stock location.

• Modifies picking order as directed by CSPS Clinical Operations Supervisor based on changing OR Surgical Schedule.

• Other duties as assigned.



• Excellent organization, operations, people management, and problem solving skills are essential.

• Must be able to speak, read, write and understand medical terminology in order to follow written instructions and complete various forms and records regarding equipment processing and preparation of equipment.

• Must have working knowledge of computer programs; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and exposure to instrument tracking software. Existing knowledge of EPIC and SPM are preferred.

• Ability to multi-task is critical.





  • CIS, CER


Minimum Required:

High school diploma, GED or equivalent

Certificate : CRCST or CBSPD


Some college or Associate's Degree

Field of Study/Additional Specialized Training:

Graduate of Sterile Processing Training program preferred


Required: At least Three (3) years direct experience performing all Sterile Processing functions within an operative setting.

Preferred: Experience gained in a large Academic Medical Center or Trauma Center.


• Must be able to perform all Sterile Processing functions.

• Position requires rotating weekend and on-call requirements.

• Involves large amounts of time walking and standing.

• Exposure to the Operating Room environment is a requirement.

• A strict dress code and professional appearing including wearing surgical scrubs is required.

• Must be able to frequently lift up to 25 lbs. stoop, bend, pull, and place and retrieve material.

EEO Statement

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
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