Central Processing Technician at Intermountain Healthcare

It’s always an adrenaline rush from the minute you
get here to the minute you go home, you’re on your feet, you’re running around like crazy. Everything that we do in Central Processing lays
the foundation and brings forth the patient care that Intermountain Healthcare is known for. We do everything that’s behind the scenes
really to make a surgery happen. We want to make sure that everything is prepared
for the patient and that they’re getting
the best care possible. Without Central Processing there
wouldn’t be the rest of the hospital. We don’t necessarily work directly with the patients,
but everything that we do everyday
makes a difference for them. As it comes down from the OR we open up all
instrumentation making sure that they’re
opened up and washed through the washers. When they come out in the clean side
we go through and we inspect everything again and then we go through and make sure that
everything is in its place for the surgeon. We need to know what we need to turned over,
how many sets. In the Central Processing we have a pretty close-knit team. You are becoming part of a family,
a family of surgical services. We have to trust one another. All together we have one vision and that’s to
do the best that we can for our patients. The upward mobility here is great,
you come in as a Tech 1, entry level. After a few months of training then you are
required to take a certification test and after you
pass that test, you can move up to Tech 2. Then after about 6 to 8 months
you can move up to a Tech 3. There are several specialty areas that you can advance to. It’s hard at first, it is, but once you get it down,
it’s a lot easier and you can move up and
eventually become a Tech 4. That’s when you start dealing with laparoscopic
instruments, the orthopedic instruments, the more specialized stuff that we have here
that takes more advanced training. I’ve been here over three decades
and I started as a Tech 1. I’ve been able to work in every area of the department. There’s a lot of memorization of the tools. We have to know thousands and thousands of instruments. Allis Adair, Gelpi, Forceps, Distall Radius Locking
Plating System,Weitlaner, Heaney needle holder You work with very expensive tools and
you need to know how to take care of them. It’s critical that we have Central Processing techs
that have attention to the detail, that are focused, that are really providing
a perfect product for our patients. We often need to have the quickness
and the intelligence of problem solving. People need to have that drive to
learn new information to broaden their horizons. I think this is a good fit for anybody who really
wants to work somewhere they can
make a difference. This job is a good fit for someone who likes process. The thing that I love working for Intermountain Healthcare
and specifically Central Processing is the reward that I know every day that I go home
that I’ve helped somebody successfully complete a surgery. There was a day that I was doing the OB run. A mother came out of the OR suite
and she’d just gone through a C-section. She had her baby there. The scrub tech came out and asked me if
I had room for another dirty set. I said sure. She put it in and I looked and it had my initials on it
and so I directly saw that set I put together the day before had gone and made it possible for that
mother to meet her child that day. I love working in healthcare I love it. It’s been a wonderful career for me
and I’m still learning. It’s continual.

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