Ascension Health Sterile Processing Technician in Madison Heights, Michigan

Job ID: 256820

Sterile Processing Technician

Madison Heights, Michigan


Additional Job Information

Title: Sterile Processing Tech II

City, State: Madison Heights,MI

Location: St John Oakland Hospital-34031

Department: Sterile Processing 001

Additional Job Details: PRN,Rotating

Schedule: Weekends; other shifts according to case volume and needs of department.

About Us

St. John Providence Health System is a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit Catholic Health system in the United States.

Our Mission, Vision and Values: St. John Providence Health System, as a Catholic health ministry, is committed to providing spiritually centered, holistic care which sustains and improves the health of individuals in the communities we serve, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.

Our Values: We are called to: Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication

Our Vision: Our passion for healing calls us to cultivate trust, advocate wellness, and transform healthcare.

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Sterile Processing Technician under direct supervision, performs the following job assignments; decontamination, assembly, sterilization of floor grade instrument trays, patient care equipment, the sterilization of surgical instrumentation, and the assembly of supply exchange carts as assigned.


  • Properly cleans, reassembles and checks all instruments and patient equipment.

  • Correctly uses the washer decontaminator to clean all instruments, including the changing of soap and lubricant according to departmental policy.

  • Inspects all instruments for proper functioning and cleanliness.

  • Assembles instrument trays according to the count sheet for OR, Storeroom, ER, and Cath Lab and other areas as needed.

  • Performs proper wrapping or packaging techniques for each set, single instrument, basins, gown packs, towel packs and labels all packages correctly.

  • Marks all packages with correct load stickers, knows how to read load sticker and knows the purpose of load stickers. Creates an accurate list of sterilizer load contents.

  • Correctly loads sterilizer cart containing wrapped instrument sets, wrapped packages, peel pouches and instruments.

  • Applies the principles of steam sterilization including, pressure, time, temperature, dry time, biological testing, and sterilizer setting when correctly interpreting the data printout at the end of a cycle to determine proper sterilization.

  • Performs biological testing for each set or load and properly places testing materials inside of the load. Accurately reads biological testing materials to determine efficient operation of sterilizer (i.e., Bowie-Dick, Challenge packs). Follows proper logging techniques for biological indicators in log book.

  • Checks applicable appropriate areas for integrity of sterile packaging and reprocesses any items whose packaging has been compromised.

  • Follows departmental policy for universal precautions, the handling of blood and body fluids and the handling of sharps.

  • Uses proper body mechanic and lifting techniques.

  • Orders stock on designated days in the absence of SPD Coordinator.

  • Initiates orders of specialty beds and other special requests by Doctor/Nursing units.

  • Instructs new associates on the proper techniques as assigned.

  • Specific Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to lift heavy objects without restriction.

  • Excellent customer satisfaction skills.

  • Working knowledge of computers.

  • The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide the care appropriate to the age of the patient served in their assigned area. Possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information relative to the patient's age-specific needs and provide care needed, including but not limited to principles of growth and development, psychological needs, etc. as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.



  • High School graduate or equivalent is required. Ability to read and write English required

Work Experience:

  • One year experience in the handling of patient care equipment and floor grade instrumentation preferred.

How To Apply

If you are interested in joining the St. John Providence Health System team, click here to search for a job and complete an online application.

Current associates should apply through the Associate Portal at

Then follow this navigation: myAscension > myLinks > Associate Links > HR > My Career> Job Opportunities.

Equal Employment Opportunity

St. John Providence Health System is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all associates and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, veteran status or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The information requested on this application will not be used for any purpose prohibited by law. If you require assistance or an accommodation to complete this application, please let us know.

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