Surgical Processor

Allied Health ProfessionalsCanadian Surgical SolutionsCasual Part Time Calgary, Alberta

At Centric Health we strive to offer the most innovative health and wellness solutions. Our unique brand of care includes: surgical and diagnostics, surgical weight loss, cosmetic surgery, orthotics, primary care, and pharmacy services. We have over 800 dedicated healthcare professionals, consultants, and support staff who provide services nationally and operate six full accredited surgical centers. We service over 25,000 patients in care facilities, fill over 800,000 prescriptions per month and own one of only three fully accredited private hospitals in Ontario. 

Are you an experienced Surgical Processor looking for a change? Are you looking to achieve excellence, roll up your sleeves and work with a team of highly qualified experts? Then this is the place for you!

Canadian Surgery Solutions, a division of Centric Health, is a unique health care facility that provides medical assessment, surgical procedures and post-operative rehabilitation services for elective surgery in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Canadian Surgery Solutions has been fully accredited since 1997 ensuring the highest standards of care in the industry. Our nurses are ACLS Certified (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and our surgical staff consists of some of the most highly trained medical professionals in Canada.

Surgical Processor – Casual
(shifts vary from either 0700 to 1530, 0900 to 1730, 1000 to 1830; Monday-Friday)

Primary responsibilities:
  • Reprocessing of more complex specialized surgical instruments in preparation for sterilization, including disassembling, manual washing, ultrasonic washing, quality assurance checks such as functionality and cleanliness, and re-assembly of complex equipment.
  • Reading and interpreting the slate in order to anticipate surgical requirements for surgical cases on current and future shifts.
  • Maintaining an understanding of the dynamics of sterilization and an ability to operate any sterilization system in use within the department.  This includes how to prepare the device for a particular sterilization technique, how to operate the sterilizer, including safety issues, and how to process monitoring readings, error codes, and quality assurance for load releases.
  • Maintaining an understanding of and adhering to quality assurance policies and procedures.
  • Handling and transporting sterile supplies.  Required to apply inventory rotation and sterility maintenance principles.
  • Interacting in person and/or on the phone with operating room personnel to ensure supply issues are met.
  • Transporting soiled surgical instruments and equipment, while ensuring infection control principles are followed.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making, including prioritization of which instrument to process to meet surgical requirements, dialoguing with surgical staff regarding missing instruments, and determining that equipment is functional prior to preparing for sterilization.
  • Aseptic technique, safe receipt of contaminated items, decontamination and cleaning.
  • Inspecting, drying, preparing, and assembling (including lubrication if needed).
  • Packaging/wrapping, loading of the sterilizer, safe and proper operation of the sterilizer (including error handling)
  • Unloading of the sterilizer, correct handling after sterilization, storage, distribution.
  • Understanding of quality assurance principles and procedures, including monitoring, testing, reporting, corrective action, and documentation, the care and handling of medical devices, complex surgical instruments, and supplies of all surgical services.
  • Demonstrated, comprehensive knowledge of the specific steam sterilizer system used in the health care facility, including, but not limited to,  washer/decontaminators, ultrasonics, pasteurizers, drying cabinets, heat sealers, and testing of endoscopic instruments
  • Understanding and applying safety principles to self, staff, and patients and demonstrate good customer service.
  • Successful completion of a recognized sterile processing technician/medical device reprocessing program is required.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology is required.
  • 5+ years of previous MDR experience is required with a preference for those individuals with an orthopedic background. 
  • Must have good knowledge of surgical instrumentation and sterilization techniques.
  • Must be fluent in written and verbal English, and possess good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must be capable of working under pressure and performing a wide range of duties that might require independent action.
  • Must be cooperative, alert, accept directions, and be able to function as a team member. 
  • Must be proficient with MS Excel and Word.
  • IASCHM Certification preferred.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
  • Work involves frequent exposure to infectious body and blood-borne organisms when working with soiled equipment, and toxic effects when working with ethylene oxide sterilizers and WHMIS products.
  • Position involves meticulous attention to detail with regards to technical and medical ability.
  • Must maintain a clean and orderly work environment.
  • Pushing and pulling sterilizer carts and supply carts as required.
  • Bending and stooping.
  • Loading and unloading of carts.
  • Lifting and positioning of articles in excess of 12 kg (approx. 27lbs), i.e. operating room instrument pans, etc.
  • Repetitive hand, arm, and shoulder motions and long periods of standing.
  • Potential for burns from working with steam sterilizers.
If this sounds like you and you are looking to be a part of one of Canada’s largest independent healthcare providers in Canada. Then we want to hear from you!

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