Lead Instrument Technician

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Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 174375-1A
Date Posted: Jun 16, 2022
Category: Service and Trades

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Job Description

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Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job

Position Summary: Supports and assists the CPD Manager in providing 24-hour operations of the Central Sterile area. Under the direction of the CPD Manger and Supervisor and within established departmental and hospital policies and procedures, coordinates various functions involved in the pick up, assembly, processing, storage and distribution of various reprocess and disposable items and/or equipment.  The Lead Instrument Tech functions as lead worker to Sterile Processing Technicians to ensure sterile processing function operates effectively.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:

  1. Assists manager/supervisor with maintaining daily department activities, needs and problems.
  1. Accountable for assigned shift operations including supervision of Central Sterile staff.
  1. Provides feedback to unit manager on staff performance for annual review.
  1. Conducts hands on, on-the-job training for new department co-workers.
  1. Works as a part of a team to achieve department goals and objectives.
  1. Perform decontamination and sterilizing duties.
  1. Assembles instruments according to count sheet.  Ensures that all missing instruments are marked on label.
  1. Wraps all instrument kits and basins appropriately.  Packages all separates appropriately, following the established guidelines for packaging.
  1. Sterilizes all instrumentation and equipment.  Ensures proper method of sterilization is selected, logs all items sterilized, ensures all biologicals, integrators and Bowie Dick Tests are run and read appropriately.
  1. Picks and sends all scheduled and/or added cases within 7 minutes per case.  Completes cases where possible,  indicates missing items and completes log.
  1. Performs all training of new Instrument Technicians on shift.  Serves as a resource for all Instrument Technicians.  , Ensure proper communication with following shift and with department management.
  1. Assists all customers in a professional and courteous manner.
  1. Incorporates Lahey Clinic Guiding Principles , Mission Statement and Goals  into daily activities. 
  1. Complies with all Lahey Clinic Policies.
  1. Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Clinic.
  1. Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.
  1. Demonstrates an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.
  1. Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.
  1. Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.
  1. Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.
  1. Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.


Minimum Qualifications:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent

Licensure, Certification, Registration:  CRCST certification or equivalent.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:  Requires a minimum of 3 years prior experience collecting, cleaning, decontaminating, packing, and storing sterile instruments. Mature knowledge of integrated processes, techniques, and workflows of sterile processing instrumentation and equipment.  Knowledge of surgical services intra-department workflows, including ambulatory departments.  Exhibit critical thinking skills when cleaning and maintaining surgical instrumentation and hospital equipment.  Exhibit excellent customer service skills when providing services to multiple department customers.  Basic math aptitude (add, subtract, multiply and divide) and knowledge of units of measure required.  Demonstrated ability to safely operate area specific equipment, including, but not limited to: sterilizers, cart washers and sonic cleaners.  Demonstrated understanding of department policies and the rationale behind sterile procedure.  Basic computer skills preferred.  Knowledge of cleaning and sterilization of surgical instrumentation, equipment (including power equipment), and supplies.  Must demonstrate knowledge of sterilization techniques. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information in small group situations. Able to understand and carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.  Ability to recognize malfunctions of instruments and equipment and decides on proper course of action to pursue.

Experience:   Three years of experience as an Instrument Technician in a tertiary care setting.



About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.