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Sterilization Processing Technician

Company: Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Job Description:

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit healthcare organization whose mission is to provide exceptional healthcare to people facing access barriers. We provide primary care services (medical, dental and behavioral healthcare) through 26 outpatient health centers in El Paso, Teller, Lincoln, Adams, Arapahoe, Elbert, and Kit Carson counties. We deliver care with our strong "Hospitality" culture. Our organization has over 900 employees and serves 94,000 patients in the Pikes Peak & East Central region. Peak Vista is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).

Job Summary (Essential Functions)

This job exists to: Performs those duties to assist the Clinical Dental Director (CDD), Dental Operations Director (DOD), Dentists, and Hygienists in the care and treatment of patients by serving as a dedicated technician of clinical sterilization. Performs sterilization inventory and dental records duties.

  • Responsible as the clinic lead for the sterilization of instruments, ensuring instruments used for procedures re clean, sterilized, and prepared for clinical use.

  • Properly sterilize all dental instruments/medical instruments and equipment in accordance with departmental policy.

  • Serves as a centralized sterile processing for all of International Circle/Printers Parkway sites.

  • Perform all opening, closing and maintenance procedures as described in sterilization and maintenance policies, as well as other duties as assigned by DAS/CDD.

  • Maintain order and cleanliness in the dental lab and in the sterilization area.

  • Perform weekly and monthly maintenance of Autoclave and Statim.

  • Maintain proper pre-set trays and ensure they are ready for anticipated procedures.

  • Report inventory problems and/or supply requests to Dental Assistant Supervisor (DAS/DOD).

  • Provides exceptional customer service to make the patient encounter comfortable.

  • Communicates concerns or problems with instrument flow, customer service or quality assurance to DAS,

  • Assists with the training of new Dental Assistants or EDDAs on sterilization process.

  • Assists with trainings of all Peak Vista staff on standardized sterilization processes; host rotation trainings through department to ensure standardization or sterilization.

  • Acts as a member of the infection prevention team; and other teams as assigned.

  • Maintains a safe work environment by remaining informed of and compliant with the clinic's safety policies, and in particular by application of safe practices in area of own responsibility.

  • Compliance - Knowledge of and compliant with laws and regulations governing area of responsibility. Responsible for reporting any potentially non-compliant conduct. Cooperates fully with our Compliance Office in upholding our Compliance Plan

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities, as required.


    Education: HS Diploma or GED. Graduate from dental assistant school preferred. DA Certificate required.

    Experience: Previous experience working as a dental assistant is required.

    Knowledge, Skills and abilities: Sensitivity to low income and ethnic minority community a must. Bilingual in Spanish is preferred. Knowledge and fluent understanding of a dental clinic flow. An ability and willingness to learn and expand abilities. An ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with patients and coworkers. Ability to work in a team environment a must. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to prepare and maintain charts, records, logs and reports.

    Physical Demands

    • Successful candidates will complete pre-employment screening; which includes, but is not limited to a Criminal Background check. Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a drug and alcohol free workplace an an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keywords: Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Colorado Springs , Sterilization Processing Technician, Professions , Colorado Springs, Colorado

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