Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Sterile Processing Service, Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System. The term "supply item" refers to Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) items for patient care including instrumentation (scissors, forceps, retractors, etc.), surgical trays and sets and various other items that could be processed or assembled through the Preparation and Decontamination areas of Sterile Processing Service. In this position MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision. The incumbent must complete Level I and Level II training thereby obtaining Certified Registered Medical Supply Technician status. The incumbent will: Perform all elements of sterilization, preparation, decontamination, high level disinfection (HLD), of reusable medical equipment and distribution support for the medical center. Obtain knowledge of documentation and logging of information and use of the Censitrac tracking system. Clean, decontaminate, and reprocess flexible and rigid endoscopes according to IFU. Clean visually inspect, and leak test all flexible endoscopes and choose the correct method of reprocessing (high level disinfection (HLD), steam sterilize, or Sterrad/V-Pro Max). Documents all items highly disinfected utilizing chemical disinfecting agents and checking and documenting efficacy of solution. Monitors expiration dates of endoscopes and pulls scopes expiring for reprocessing. Disassemble instruments/equipment, remove gross contamination, manually wash instruments, and decontaminate instruments according to manufacturer's instructions for use (MIFU). Inspect instruments in the Preparation area, assemble trays and reprocess reusable medical equipment according to MIFU. The incumbent determines appropriate method for cleaning, decontamination, and sterilizing of equipment to prevent cross-infection potential while avoiding damage to the equipment. Prepares loads, operates equipment involved in sterilization processes. Prepares operating room case carts and places any missing items on the OR shortage list. Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room. Pick-up and transport soiled RME and deliver to Decon. Deliver reprocessed RME to the appropriate service. Stores, issues, and maintains locator records on all SPS cycled equipment. Advises medical personnel on proper use of equipment. Must be knowledgeable of and adhere to all SPS policies/procedures/SOPs in performance of duties. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 1:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Alternate tour: 11:00AM - 7:30 PM or 3:30 PM -12:00 AM 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.