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This position is for a Medical Supply Tech (Sterile Processing) at the Durham VA Medical Center. The incumbent will have comprehensive knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Equipment (RMDE) as required, by this position, to include ability to prioritize needs and apply critical thinking to processes. The incumbent performs segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization, and inspection of reusable medical devices (RMD) in the Sterile Processing Service and Endoscopy. Qualifications: In order to qualify for this position, your resume must demonstrate sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. Basic Requirements: In addition to the basic requirement, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Experience and/or Education: (1) Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; OR (2) 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 (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. English Language Proficiency: MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determination: GS-06 (Full Performance Level): Experience. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-5 grade level. Specialized experience would include but is not limited to: processing, assembling, troubleshooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment; operation of washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners and steam sterilizers; practice proper storage procedures; use aseptic techniques; understanding basic medical/surgical terminology, therapeutic procedures, and human anatomy and physiology; proficient in the selection, use, testing and adjustment of various washers, sterilizers and other equipment. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings and endoscopy. 2. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. 3. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures. 4. Knowledge of sterility principles regarding instrumentation. 5. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures. References: Medical Supply Technician Qualification Standard GS-0622, VA Handbook 5005/83 Part II Appendix G47. 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, 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. ["Maintains current knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, and preparation of RMD appropriate to this position Disassembles the RMD and determines the correct cleaning methods including - but not limited to - ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents as determined by device specific manufactures instructions. Inspects, prepares, assembles, and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization utilizing Performs complete high-level disinfection using soak or automated HLD processors Prepares operating room case carts daily utilizing surgery schedule and delivers processed RMD to clinical care areas Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing, and scrubbing Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization, assembles surgical trays and sets used throughout the medical center Completes all segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization, and inspection of reusable medical devices (RMD) and Endoscopy Operates equipment involved in sterilization processes Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment. Performs other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 3:30pm-12:00am.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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