Alutiiq Sterile Supply Technician in Okinawa, United States
Sterile Supply Technician
3rdDental Sterile Supply Technicians
Sterile Supply Technicians clean, package, assemble, sterilize, and distribute supply items used for dental care in Dental Treatment Facilities (DTFs). CSSTs prepare, and distribute the complete range of clean and sterile medical supplies require for patient care, including a wide range of disposable items. In addition, the CSST will process, prepare, and distribute all the supplies, including instrument trays and sets used in the full range of surgical operations.
The term “dental supply item” as used in this standard refers to the disposable and reusable supply items for patient care, including instruments (scissors, forceps, retractors), dental/medical equipment (suction machines) trays and sets:
Oral surgery packs
Periodontic surgery packs
The following work is commonly performed by Sterile Supply Technicians. The description is divided into three main areas, and typically, the contractor performs duties in all three areas. When this is not the case, they will be familiar with duties carried out in the other areas. These divisions of work, and the specific work procedures used, vary depending upon the DTF.
Receiving/Decontamination – Processing and decontamination involve all the actions required prior to sterilizing and issuance. The primary function of processing is cleaning the supply items. Cleaning consists of one or more methods of removing gross contamination and bio-burden, such as soaking in a germicide, washing with a detergent-blood solvent, scrubbing with a brush and scouring powder, rinsing in tap and then distilled water, or washing in washer-sterilizer and ultrasonic units. Some items must be disassembled before cleaning. In some cases (e.g., biological contamination), items must be pre-sterilized before being handled in the processing unit. During processing (and during preparation as described below) the contractor visually examines the items for damage, deterioration, or imperfections such as rust, pitting, and cracks.
Processing -- Processing involves all duties required to assemble, package, wrap, and sterilize the dental supply items. The items are packaged individually (e.g., scissors, tubing, gauze) or are assembled into trays and sets. Frequently, some items are packaged both individually and as part of a tray or set. In any case, the items are first visually examined for cleanliness and, as described above in the processing section, for signs of damage, deterioration, and imperfection.
If the item is to be packaged individually, the contractor packages the item, determines the method of sterilization, puts a chemical indicator in the package, places a chemical indicator tape on the package, labels the package if the supply item is not visible, and places the package on the carrier that is used in the sterilizer. If the items are to be assembled into a tray or set, the contractor selects the various supply items needed; assembles the items according to the guides that specify kinds and numbers of instruments and supplies to be included, arranges the items on the tray in a logical manner that permits effective penetration of the sterilizing medium and prevents damage to points, blades, and delicate instruments; wraps and labels the tray; determines the correct method of sterilization; puts a piece of chemical indicator tape on the package, and places it on a carrier that is used in the sterilizer.
A tray or set is a group of various supply items, primarily instruments, specified for a given purpose. The instruments required for each tray or set differ as to the general class or kind of instrument. There may be variations due to a particular request of a provider. A tray or set often is used for a variety of different procedures, sometimes supplemented by other supply items. A tray or set can vary in complexity, common-use items that takes a few seconds to assemble to cassettes with different items that may take as long as an hour to assemble.
The number of trays and sets the contractor is responsible for assembling depends upon the variety of dental specialties within a clinic. Sterilizing the items involves determining the proper sterilizing method, placing the carrier containing the supply items in the sterilizer and operating the sterilizer (typically a steam high vacuum, or steam gravity sterilizer). Usually, all items in a set are treated for the same period of time, the one common exception being liquids. Liquids usually are sterilized separately for varying times. The contractor adds to the carriers any required control tests such as a Bowie-Dick test, spore test, warm up test and steam leakage test. At the end of the sterilizing period, the contractor compares the control test with a graph for each sterilizer to determine whether the correct parameters (e.g., time, temperature, pressure) were obtained. Any deviations from the normal or expected parameters are noted and corrective steps are taken. On each sterile supply item, the contractor places a label that shows the expiration date, the date sterilized, the sterilizer used, and when necessary, the number of times the sterilizer is used each day. Log books will be maintained by the technician of all processes.
Preparation of the medical/dental supply items requires knowledge of the nomenclature of the items, the physical characteristics of each item, the general use of each item, and the method of sterilization for each item.
- Distribution -- Distribution involves providing the user and departments dental supply items. The contractor checks the expiration dates on all sterile supply items, removes all outdated items, and rotates the stock. To distribute dental supply items, the contractor must know the names of the different supply items including the trays and sets, and must understand, generally, how items are used in case the user refers to them by another name.
In addition to the work outlined above, Sterile Supply Technicians typically perform some clerical, stock control, and storage work. This includes such tasks as receiving new supplies from supply sources; checking supplies delivered for shortages, breakages, etc., recording errors or damages detected; placing items in proper storage locations in supply rooms; and participating in periodic physical inventory of dental supply items (i.e. hand-pieces and linen).
Contractor personnel shall possess the necessary sterile supply technical skills and knowledge to carry out all the Sterile Supply Technician duties.
Please note that pursuant to a government contract, this position requires U.S. Citizenship status.
Must have obtained a favorably adjudicated National Agency Check with Local Agency and Credit Checks (NACLC) determination at a minimum for this position.
Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan
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