Medical Equipment Preparers

Description

Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Tasks

  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.
  • Operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed.
  • Organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.
  • Examine equipment to detect leaks, worn or loose parts, or other indications of disrepair.
  • Record sterilizer test results.
  • Start equipment and observe gauges and equipment operation to detect malfunctions and to ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards.
  • Report defective equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff.
  • Stock crash carts or other medical supplies.
  • Purge wastes from equipment by connecting equipment to water sources and flushing water through systems.
  • Check sterile supplies to ensure that they are not outdated.
  • Maintain records of inventory or equipment usage and order medical instruments or supplies when inventory is low.
  • Attend hospital in-service programs related to areas of work specialization.
  • Disinfect and sterilize equipment such as respirators, hospital beds, or oxygen or dialysis equipment, using sterilizers, aerators, or washers.
  • Deliver equipment to specified hospital locations or to patients' residences.
  • Install and set up medical equipment, using hand tools.
  • Assist hospital staff with patient care duties, such as providing transportation or setting up traction.

Skills

Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Innovation
Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Lay Titles

Bandage Maker
Case Cart Technician
Central Processing and Distribution Technician (CPD Technician)
Central Processing Technician (CPT)
Central Service Technician (CST)
Central Service Worker
Central Sterile Services Technician
Central Sterile Supply Coordinator
Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician)
Central Supply Processing Department Technician (CSPDT)
Certified Central Supply Technician
Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
Clinical Laboratory Aide
Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)
Equipment Technician
Health Equipment Servicer
Hot Packer
Inhalation Therapy Aide
Laboratory Equipment Cleaner
Laboratory Worker, Washing or Cleaning Laboratory Apparatus
Material Reprocessing Associate (MRA)
Medical Supply Technician
Oxygen Equipment Aide
Pathology Laboratory Aide
Registered Nurse
Respiratory Therapy Aide
Reuse Technician
Sanitarian Aide
Sanitary Aide
Sterile Preparation Technician
Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician)
Sterile Processing Technician
Sterile Technician
Sterilization Specialist
Sterilization Technician
Sterilizer
Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
Surgical Technologist

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$14.82 hourly, $30,820 annual.
Employment (2008):
50,230 employees