The Lead Medical Supply Technicians in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) receive contaminated critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) in the decontamination area, and may receive noncritical equipment. Disassembles RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as, but not limited to, ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washer-disinfectors, cart washer and chemical cleaning decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions. Duties include: The Lead Medical Supply Technician at this level manages the flow of the of the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) and functions as a Medical Supply Technician. Demonstrates interpersonal relationship skills, in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers Must have the ability to instruct staff on the correct procedures and protocols for completing assignments. Have a working knowledge of sterility principles to instruct staff on decontamination procedures. Will distribute and prioritize workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations. As well as lead individuals, manage priorities, and schedule work assignments. Assures an even workflow and distribution of the workload. Revises work schedules to meet anticipated and unanticipated changes in the workload. Assigns work to staff based on experience and training needs. Subject Matter Expert for the SPS staff. Monitors and reports on the status of work to supervisor/ Asst. Chief. Communicating with staff to ensure compliance with written directives, rules and regulations. Analyze data and make recommendations to correct quality control problems, fact-find and use investigative techniques to evaluate work processes to course correct performance. Ensures Job Instruction Sheets (JlS), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and SPS mandates are followed during the performance of workflow. Reviews work in progress (QA) or spot checks work not requiring review to ensure completed work meets supervisors' instructions on such things as work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines. Has knowledge of sterile processing operations, infection control procedures, and Joint Commission requirements to assess compliance during quality assurance reviews. Compile information, evaluate facts, document findings and prepares reports. Monitors the process of cleaning/decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution of critical, semi-critical and non-critical RME. This includes following the use of bacteriological controls, principles and methods of sterilization, packaging, and assembly of simple to more complex items for therapeutic and surgical procedures and knowledge of aseptic principles and techniques to maintain quality control. Assesses the quality and quantity of work by reviewing the cleaning, reprocessing, and distribution of technical medical equipment, material and instrumentation. Effectively communicate with technical and professional staff on the proper use of delicate instruments and equipment, and resolve problems that may occur. Instructs employees on work-related activities, policies, procedures and goals. Troubleshoots and analyzes mechanical failures and makes necessary adjustments to complex decontamination and sterilization equipment, as well as interprets alarm conditions which may occur while operating the equipment. Work Schedule: Midnights 11:00 pm - 7:30 am rotating shifts and holidays and weekends Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.