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Sterile Processing Tech

Job Description

Additional Job Information

  • 40 Hours per Week -
  • Saturday and Sunday - 12 Hour Shift, 2 Weekdays - 8 Hour Shift -
  • Sign-On Bonus Eligible $2,500 -

  • Job ID: 1221711
    Employment Status: Full-Time
    More Information:

    Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Barnes-Jewish Hospital's staff is composed of full-time academic faculty and community physicians of Washington University School of Medicine, supported by a house staff of residents, interns, fellows and other medical professionals. Recognizing its excellence in nursing care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to be certified as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Perioperative Services team members find the kind of fast-paced environment that will test their professional judgment and critical thinking skills, and encourage tremendous growth. It's an exhilarating place to build a career. Here, you'll work with world-renowned surgeons and anesthesiologists, assist on unique and complex procedures, work with the latest technologies and treatments and play a vital role in developing new procedures and treatment protocols. In fact, people from all over the nation and the world come to Barnes-Jewish for our surgical specialties.


    Role Purpose

    The Sterile Processing Technician performs a variety of central sterile processing functions, which include the decontamination, preparation, sterilization and distribution of sterile surgical instrumentation to the operating room (OR) and other areas throughout the hospital. Required to maintain and control both sterile and non-sterile supplies, and identify and remedy equipment and process failures and hazards while maintaining the appropriate and complete records. Works as high functioning member of a team supporting clinics and procedural areas. Provides cleaning and sterilization support for research related and IRB approved instrumentation. Supports high level disinfection procedures.


  • Assembles and processes instruments sets, trays, supplies and linen; prioritizes trays and tasks according to the surgery schedule. Disassembles, cleans, inspects, tests functionality and assembles instrumentation and power equipment according to the instructions for use and industry standards for the operating rooms including ophthalmology, neurosurgery, ENT, trauma, transplant, cardiac, orthopedic labor and delivery, fetal surgery, general surgery, minimally invasive and robotic cases. They also support the level 1 trauma ED, clinics and other procedural areas of the Hospital.
  • Utilizes and troubleshoots steam sterilizers. Works with operating room management system to build case carts (instrumentation as well as consumable supplies) for just-in-time delivery to the procedural areas or operating room and promptly notifies lead or supervisor of priority needs.
  • Follows proper techniques and procedures to ensure the integrity of the sterilization process. Troubleshoots steam and low temperature sterilizer malfunctions. Notifies engineering for repairs as needed. Cleans, inspects, disinfects and sterilizes a variety of complex surgical instrumentation, implants and power equipment in a 24/7 fast paced environment.
  • Disassembles, decontaminates, and processes instrumentation according to manufacturer and industry standards. Scans and documents set contents and completion for all trays per protocols and procedures with the use of the instrument tracking system. Ensures that the sets are free of bio-burden, functions properly and reassembled correctly ensuring the correct number of instruments are in the set.
  • Ensures instrumentation is reassembled correctly and functioning properly. Works with operating room management system to build case carts (instrumentation as well as consumable supplies for just-in-time delivery to the procedural areas or operating room and promptly notifies lead or supervisor of priority needs. Transports these case carts to appropriate areas of the hospital assuring that cross contamination does not occur while transporting.
  • BJC has determined this is a safety-sensitive position. The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner is an essential function of this job.

  • Minimum Requirements



  • High School Diploma or GED


  • No Experience

    Supervisor Experience

  • No Experience


    Preferred Requirements and Additional Job Information


    Licenses & Certifications

  • Bd for Sterile Processing/Dist

    Benefits Statement

    Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

    -  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
    -  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
    -  401(k) plan
    -  Tuition Assistance
    -  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    -  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
    -  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

    *Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center

    Legal Statement

    The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


    Equal Opportunity Employer