Sterile processing managers perform day-to-day operations related to processing such as mentoring and managing other employees, evaluating current processes, and implementing process-improving initiatives. They may work as part of a team to improve existing processes and heighten customer satisfaction. Sterile processing manager are also responsible for managing files and records, ensuring proper functionality and cleanliness of sterilizers, and ensuring that instruments and equipment are decontaminated regularly and in good condition for operation.
Safety is an important consideration for this position. Sterile processing managers may work indoors or outdoors, and they may experience risk of radiation, electrocution, or physical harm that may derive from lasers and infectious disease. This position may involve standing, sitting, and walking depending on the tasks performed. Travel is generally not required, and hours vary depending on the needs of the employer.
Qualifying for this position generally requires at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field and a minimum of three years of sterile processing or surgical service experience. Supervisory or managerial experience may also be required or preferred. Sterile processing manager must have good interpersonal and communication skills; they should be able to work effectively on their own and in a team setting.
Sterile Processing Manager Tasks
Develop performance standards and supervise employees in decontamination, assembly and sterilization of instruments.
Develop policies and procedures in accordance with AAMI, The Joint Commission (TJC), and OSHA guidelines.
Responsible for planning and management of the decontamination and sterilization process functions.
Work closely with Infection Control and Risk Management departments.