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In this position, the incumbent will provide sterilization, preparation, supply items and reusable medical equipment decontamination and distribution support for the medical center. The incumbent will have and maintain current knowledge of the processes and standard operating procedures for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as required by this position. The incumbent will be able to demonstrate their ability to utilize an acceptable proficiency in the use of RME appropriate to this position. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education/Experience Experience: Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; OR Education: One year above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in health care related courses such as sterile processing, nursing assistant, hospital corpsman, and operating room and surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; OR Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. NOTE: If using education to qualify for this position, transcripts MUST be submitted with your application. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Level Requirements for Medical Supply Technician (GS-6) Experience One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level Experience at the GS-5 level may include: Basic knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings Basic knowledge of event-related packaging in regards to sterility Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions, and procedures Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures References: VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G47 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: This work is performed in various settings: decontamination, preparation, clean sterile supply (preparation) and in other services and departments throughout the medical facility/campus. The incumbent may be required to work in areas that are hot, humid, cold, drafty, and poorly lighted. The employee is subject to the possibility of falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, and other injuries from material handling equipment. The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting of packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The work requires dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. The employee wears special clothing, hair covers, personal protective equipment and shoe covers that can be uncomfortably warm. The employee wears Laser protective goggles and ensures that the Laser room is closed and that signage is properly displayed on the door outside the Laser room. The work area is noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts and operation of pre-sterilizing equipment. ["This position may require occasional travel away from the duty station to assist with Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) support during periods of required coverage. In addition, this position may be selected to attend VHA sponsored education training or certification courses. Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Driver License to operate a government vehicle. -Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in decontamination area; may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area -Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents as determined by manufactures instructions -Inspects, prepares, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, vaporized hydrogen peroxide and high level disinfecting reprocessors; may prepare operating room case carts daily utilizing surgery schedule -Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing and scrubbing -Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization, assembles basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room -Performs segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical equipment (RME) -Completes segments of work pertaining to the assembly of basic sets and trays for use in the medical center -Operates equipment involved in sterilization processes -Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment -Receives guidance from more experienced staff members and SPS management. Work Schedule: 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. including weekends and holidays\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 91163, 91164, 91165, 91166\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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