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Job Summary

This position manages the operations of the Central Sterile Processing Department (CSPD) for the Ambulatory Care Services Locations.  The position/role is responsible for ensuring reusable supplies and instruments required for surgical procedures and treatment are properly handled, decontaminated, assembled, sterilized and redistributed in accordance with  UMHS policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure safe and sterile instruments and supplies for our patients and care providers. The position/role is also responsible for monitoring and scheduling preventative maintenance of equipment according to established guidelines and recommendations and ensures instruments and equipment are maintained in proper working order at all times.  Serves as a liaison to the Infection Control Committee. Works closely with OR leaders and faculty and staff to assure purchase and availability of specific instrumentation. Assures tray/set inventory is correct and complete. Provides education and expert knowledge of the sterilization sciences.


Supports and directs the orientation of all supervisory team members and staff, schedules supervisor work assignments and conducts disciplinary actions, if needed for the CSPD Supervisors. 

Conducts performance evaluations of the CSPD Supervisors and all direct reports. 

Performs disciplinary action when necessary; monitors Instrument Processors to correct performance, quality and/or efficiency deficits when and where necessary.

Keeps employees informed of policy and procedures changes as they occur.

Ensures the work environment is conducive to a high level of productivity.

Conducts educational programs for continuing education of the Surgical Instrument Processors in the methods by which products and equipment are used and/or reprocessed. 

Oversees and performs duties which promote the most effective and efficient use of resources. 

Manages and oversees the instrument availability of the nursing units, clinics, diagnostic areas and Ambulatory Care Sites and assures each operate in a manner per AAMI standards and within UMHS Infection Control policy guidelines. 

Responsible for staying within budgetary guidelines. 

Makes recommendations to the Directors for capital purchases.
Maintains a work schedule for the Surgical Instrument Processors and Supervisors to ensure timely completion of tasks involved.

Assures adequate staffing at all times to meet the needs and work load as dictated on a day-to-day basis, including weekends and holidays.

Promotes an atmosphere of cooperation with all OR personnel to assure the timely processing, sterilization and distribution of instrumentation. 
Responsible for ensuring all Sterile Processing Policies and Procedures are current and reflect best practices.

Oversees and assists with the decontamination, assembly, packaging, sterilization and transportation of instruments and reusable accessories.

Assures that rapid and timely decontamination of instrumentation is conducted after each surgical procedure, and at other times as the need warrants.

Assures stringent cleaning and infection control policies are adhered to, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and established practices. 

Observes the appropriate use of supplies and equipment for cleaning. 

Verifies the performance of functional testing by the staff.

Maintains strict adherence to dress code policies at all times and required wearing of Personal Protective Equipment. 

Enforces the separation of contaminated items from clean and sterile items and areas.  

Manages the sterilization of supplies, equipment, and instruments.

Develops, administers, monitors and reviews all biological control procedures for sterilizers to assure equipment is operating per manufacturer's instructions.

Develops standard work practices. Reviews and monitors Risk Pro and other quality reports  ensuring corrective action is taken. Maintains productivity and first time quality data.

Is responsible for the preparation and publishing of monthly statistical activity reports. 

Prepares regular reports from SDS.

Develops Education Program for staff.  Performs periodic competency assesments on staff.

Oversees and ensures compliance and training for teh Instrument Tracking System.

Ensures employees follow established policies and procedures governing decontamination and sterilization of each process used in Sterile Processing.

Ensures proper collection and storage of all associated records for bacteriologic testing, cycle monitoring, and preventative maintenance.

Assures compliance with current regulations   Disseminates such information to the ACS Leadership Team and staff as required.

Monitors the appropriate packaging/wrapping of supplies and trays in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Assures the selection of the appropriate sterilization method is used for each item sterilized.

Coordinates a periodic review of the tray content and revises as necessary.
Ensures review of nstrument sets regularly and as needed with Instrument Processors.

Responsible for maintaining the storage and rotation of inventory of instruments and their accessories.

Ensures instrument trays and individually packaged instruments are placed in their proper location and rotated (FIFO) at time of placement in a timely and neat manner.

On a scheduled basis, reviews quantity of instrumentation and tray levels on hand and prepares and submits order requisitions to assure adequate levels are available for tray sets.
Assures all storage areas and supplies are maintained in a neat, orderly, safe and clean environment.

Assures the environment of care is clean and has required air flow and air exchanges.
Assigns other tasks to staff members, and performs other tasks as the need dictates.

Assigns staff members on a routine basis to document cleaning of the instrument processing areas and proper function of decontaminating and sterilization equipment.

Completes tasks as assigned in a complete and timely manner. Collects data to maintain departmental QA/PI plans and supports a high level of customer service and satisfaction

Required Qualifications*

 Bachelor's degree in the health care field, Administration, Business, Education, Sciences, or other related field.  May consider equivalent work experience for the right candidate.  Must complete degree in acceptable timeframe.  Previous management experience and/or project management skills.  Comprehensive knowledge sterile processing and high level disinfection practices.  Sterile Processing Technician/Supervisor Certification or must obtain within-probationary period of the job.  3-5 yrs surgical instrument and supply management experience.  Specific knowledge in the use, care and handling of  instruments, endoscopes, and related equipment.  Competent in the use of Word, Excel and UMHS computer software applications.  Excellant  interpersonal communication skills, critical thinking and customer service skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Sterile Processing and Distribution Manager Certification and/or agreement to attain this certification within one year of hire.  Two or more years of manager experience in Sterile Processing with progressive improvements in staff utilization, workflow, budget management, lean/Toyota method traing, administrative and teaching duties.  Operating Room/Similar experience preferred.

Work Schedule

Full time, Rotational shift based on department needs. Hours may flex based on unit needs.

Work Locations

Free Form

Additional Information

Reports to:
Reports directly to the Senior Nursing Direcot for Ambulatory Care with collaboration of the systems CSPD leadership.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.