Surgical Technology / Sterile Processing Technician

Essential Functions - Sterile Processing Technician

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, faculty, patients, and members of the healthcare team.      
  • Effectively communicate with classmates, faculty, and members of the surgical team when visualization of mouth/lips is restricted.
  • Access information from books, reference manuals, computers, and paper and electronic medical documents to accurately perform duties and safely use equipment.
  • Safely access, prepare, and operate equipment and supplies in a variety of settings.
  • Assist with transport and transfer of patient and equipment.
  • Assist with surgical procedures for prolonged periods without nourishment or restroom breaks.
  • Safely perform tasks such as, loading a fine (10-0) suture onto needles and needleholders while wearing safety glasses which requires fine motor control with corresponding hand-eye coordination.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to perform tasks such as, but not limited to, appropriately tracking surgical supplies and performing anticipation skills intraoperatively.
  • Utilize instruments, supplies, and equipment safely within the operating suite.
  • Respond appropriately to activation/warning signals on equipment.
  • Detect and respond appropriately to odors in order to maintain environmental safety and patient needs.
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the client who is unconscious.
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills during interactions with patients, staff, faculty and health care team members.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e. unstable patient condition), emergent demands (i.e. stat test orders), and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, complex visual stimuli).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct guidelines, and clinical sites' policies and procedures
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