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  • Central Sterile Department

  • Those working in the central sterile department also called the central supply department in some hospitals, are responsible for washing and sterilizing certain patient care equipment and instruments, and issuing patient care supplies, and delivering equipment to patient care units.

    Job responsibilities

    • Picks up and delivers equipment from all areas of the hospital.
    • Disassembles, cleans and checks for proper function of equipment, such as suction machines, feeding pumps, I.V. infusion pumps, etc.
    • Performs minor repairs on equipment, replaces worn hoses and installs spare parts as needed.
    • Installs equipment, such as side rails, trapeze assembly and Stryker frames, at bedsides as needed.
    • May provide some functional guidance to personnel operating equipment on units.
    • Operates gas and steam sterilizers following authorized procedures.
    • Stocks shelves with clean and sterile supplies.
    • Washes and disinfects items, such as bedpans, scissors, glass syringes and tubing, with prepared antiseptic solutions and detergents.
    • Dries, wraps, bags and seals item in preparation for sterilization.
    • Cleans and disinfects the work area.

    Educational Requirements

    • High school graduate.
    • Three to six months of on-the-job training.