This position is located in the Sterile Processing Service (SPS), VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System with the Rochester Outpatient Clinic as the primary duty location, although occasional work at Canandaigua may be required.Learn more about this agency
The Medical Supply Technician (MST) for Sterile Processing Service (SPS) for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) interprets and follows the policies and procedures of the SPS Service to perform daily functions within the established guidelines and demonstrates the ability to work effectively. They are required to have a broad knowledge of; and skill in applying, a wide range of sterilization and decontamination techniques, microbiology, quality control, and distinguish between various medical/surgical instruments. They are accountable for maintaining SPS standards for the practice of all services and care lines and contribute to the fulfillment of the mission of the clinical areas. They participate in evaluating the decontamination, high level disinfection/sterilization process and pre-cleaning processes utilized throughout the medical center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Travel is required to any location of the SPS Canandaigua/Rochester campuses when necessary. They are required to work as needed on other than normal working tours of duty, either in the evening, nights, holidays or weekends. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Receive contaminated critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) in the decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment as well.
- Disassemble the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as, but not limited to, ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers/disinfectors, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions. Inspects, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization, such as, but not limited to steam and high-level disinfecting scope reprocessing.
- Perform and document daily operational checks and records for all processes and equipment.
- Receive items and correctly organizes them on shelves, insuring that rotation of stock using First In- First Out (FIFO) method.
- Responsible for knowing what reusable instruments, equipment, medical devices or supplies are used (inventory) in their clinical area.
- Must be familiar with which items are reprocessed locally (on unit) and/or which items are sent to Sterile Processing for reprocessing and/or sterilization.
- Must be aware of the individual decontamination steps that must be taken prior to transport of item and the appropriate method of transport.
- Responsible for following the local Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) drafted in accordance with the manufacturer's written recommendations.
- Must have documented training in the setup, reprocessing and maintenance of specific equipment. Validation of competency will be done according to national policy guidelines.
- Responsible for suspending the reuse of any RME if it is suspected that the device was not properly cleaned, disinfected or sterilized according to the SOP and manufacturer's guidelines.
- Must have an understanding of the importance of RME and the significant impact on our Veteran population through the risk of infectious disease.
- Receive contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area.
- Disassemble the RME and determine the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents as determined by manufacturer's instructions.
- Inspect, prepare, assemble and determine the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, Getinge, and high-level disinfecting reprocessors; may prepare operating room case carts daily utilizing surgery schedule.
- Remove soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing and scrubbing. Inspect packages for indications of proper sterilization, assemble basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room.
- Perform segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical equipment (RME).
- Complete segments of work pertaining to the assembly of basic sets and trays for use in the medical center.
- Operate equipment involved in sterilization processes. May be required to prepare operating room case carts.
- Perform and document daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment.
- Meet the needs of customers while supporting VA missions.
- Consistently communicate and treat customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
- Provide the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures.
- Handle conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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