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Medical Equipment Preparers
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 70

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.67 - $21.04

Typical Annual Salary: $28,400 - $43,800

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.
  • Operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed.
  • Disinfect and sterilize equipment such as respirators, hospital beds, or oxygen or dialysis equipment, using sterilizers, aerators, or washers.
  • 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers
  • Heat tracing equipment
  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
  • Temperature regulators

Technology:
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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