Instrument Processing Technician Job

Full Job Title: ASC Instrument Processing Technician

Job Number: 17011273

Facility: Duehr Surgery Center

Location: Madison, WI

Schedule: Part Time (Benefit Eligible)

Hours: Varied


Role Purpose:

The Instrument Processing Technician, reporting to the Clinical Manager, is responsible for supporting the day-to-day processing of surgical/procedural instruments assigned. Tasks include providing Procedure Room and OR staff with appropriate reprocessed instruments for each case. Instruments from each case will be received, disassembled, cleaned, disinfected and re-assembled for re-processing. Instruments will be handled utilizing proper aseptic and sterile techniques as defined by policy. The Instrument Tech will demonstrate competency in proper care and handling of surgical/procedural instruments, asepsis and sterile technique and will be held accountable for donning personal protective attire as defined by policy. The Instrument Tech will assume responsibility for ongoing maintenance of instruments, including assessment for sharpness and clarity of pictures with camera and lens equipment. Instrument techs will assist with OR and Procedure Room turnovers as requested.


1. Cleans by mechanical and hand cleaning methods; soiled equipment, instruments and utensils.

2. Assembles procedure trays, instrument sets, specialty instrument set ups, code blue carts, and all other kits and packs used by OR and Procedure Room staff for procedures.

3. Understands, assembles and troubleshoots all surgical/procedural instrumentation.

4. Maintains a manual with current photos of instrument trays and proper assembly.

5. Prepares all items for reprocessing with adherence to aseptic principles and infection control guidelines.

6. Shares expertise and knowledge with co-workers and peers. Assists with orientation of new Instrument Techs and participates in orientation of new OR and Procedure Room staff to instrument reprocessing.

7. Operates, troubleshoots and maintains all sterilizers, Steris machines And Medivators (if applicable)

8. Monitors all sterilization controls for adherence to departmental standards.

9. Completes all sterilization and high level disinfectant records accurately. Makes requisitions for appropriate supplies, and equipment.

10. Supports and monitors ongoing instrument sharpening and preventative maintenance program.

11. Notifies appropriate departments (maintenance, biomed, management, etc.) when equipment malfunctions.

12. Completes required paperwork and follows protocol for breaks in technique, sharps exposure or needle stick incidents.

13. Carries communication device and responds to requests for instruments, supplies and specimen transfers.

14. Assists with inventory control and restocking of code blue carts.

15. Assures that all needed instrumentation is functional and reprocessed when needed for procedures.

16. Maintains instrument processing areas in clean, safe conditions.

17. Consistently dons appropriate personal protective attire per policy.

18. Performs tasks as assigned to assure linen and supplies are adequate for daily operations.

19. Completes department tracking logs for autoclaves, Steris and maintains accurate records.

20. Runs all biological tests as indicated, notifying management when indicators show break in sterilization.

21. Works cooperatively with colleagues to assure continuous coverage of Instrument Workroom during day-to-day operations.

22. Perform other duties as assigned.



1. High School Diploma with 1-3 years of work experience.

2. Must be CPR certified or obtained as soon as possible following employment.

3. Strong work history and good attendance record.

4. Must demonstrate a high degree of accuracy, manual dexterity and the ability to comprehend aseptic principles.

5. Must be able to function independently with minimal supervision, and be capable of setting priorities in stressful situations.

6. Must be capable of lifting 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting or carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

7. Must understand and agree to respect patient privacy and confidentiality.

8. Must demonstrate attention to detail.


1. Experience in the health care field.

Essential Physical Functions:

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.

1. Ability to stand for extended periods and to move quickly between tasks.

2. Ability to hear and converse in person.

3. Ability to see fine print and to use the computer.

4. Ability to perform fine motor tasks, such as when working with instrument, equipment, writing, computer or phone tasks.

5. Ability to safely operate reprocessing equipment, such as autoclaves, washer/sterilizers or Sterrad machine.

6. Ability to safely lift and to push/pull up to 20 pounds and infrequently up to 50 pounds when moving instruments, boxes or supplies

7. Ability to wear personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles and gown while reprocessing instruments to minimize contact with bloodborne pathogens or chemicals.

8. Ability to bend/twist and crouch when performing various job tasks.

About SSM Health Dean Clinic-

Based in Madison, Wis., Dean Clinic consists of a network of more than 60 clinics in south-central Wisconsin. Our more than 500 physicians provide primary, specialty and tertiary care in the clinics as well as eye care through our Davis Duehr Dean locations. Dean Clinic also offers urgent care services and operates outpatient surgery centers. Dean Clinic joined SSM Health in 2013.

SSM Health is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Learn More »

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