This position is located in the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) section located under the Associate Director of Patient Care services of the Hudson Valley VA Medical Center. SPS is responsible for the reprocessing of all critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME). Incumbent serves as a Sterile Processing Technician for SPS. Works independently under the general supervision of the Chief, SPS and Assistant Chief, SPS, and the Lead Tech. The incumbent is responsible for carrying out compliance with manufacturer recommendations for cleaning, preparation, sterilization and storage of RME. The incumbent must possess the knowledge and skills to accurately and meticulously preform the decontamination process and sterilize a wide variety of complex, critical medical, surgical and dental devices. Receives, disassembles, and inspects reusable medical supplies and equipment for damage. Incumbent assembles and loads case carts. Receives periodic training in such areas as the use and functioning of new equipment, instruments; new or improved sterilization practices, and developments in new technology as if affects SPS operations. The incumbent monitors operation of sterilizers with prescribed tests in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines and documents appropriately. Prepares bacteriological spore tests and reads the results of the test, recording those results as appropriate. Receives sterilized trays, set, and equipment from the sterilizer, checks for effectiveness of sterilization, places tags on sterilized material indicating date of sterilization and expiration date, and stocks shelves with sterilized material using first in first out method. Uses the ISO 9001 e-QMS (electronic quality monitoring system) to reconcile inventory sheets from the intake area and reports all non-conformities and SPS requirements not met in the e-QMS (electronic quality monitoring system) system. Decontaminates the full range of reusable medical equipment used in the medical center's patient care units, clinics and procedure rooms. Follows the manufacturer's IFU, cleaning and sterilization and the high risk protocols for removing gross contamination and bioburden, dissembles and reassembles equipment where the internal parts become contaminated by following manufacturer guidelines for cleaning. Operates various kinds of equipment such as ultrasonic cleaners, washers, dental handpiece service units, leak testers, sterilizers, AER's, Steris, and Sterrad. Incumbent determines correct method for pre-cleaning and decontamination. Removes soil, blood, bone, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other gross contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing, scrubbing, brushing and the use of ultrasonic equipment. Incumbent follows the High Risk Protocols and manufacturer's IFU for decontamination. Loads, unloads and operates instrument washer disinfector and ultrasonic washer, cart washer and all reprocessing equipment. Accurately determining the settings based on the manufacturer's instructions for use (IFU) and the high-risk protocols for each device. Performs other related duties as assigned. Preferred Certification: IAHCSMM or CBSPD in sterile processing service. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 3:00pm to 12:00am (may include Holidays and currently include rotation to days as needed) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)/PD23747A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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