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Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing Service)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Richmond, Virginia, Virginia
Internal Number: 732401400
Medical Supply Technician, Sterile Processing Service interprets and follows the policies and procedures of the SPS to perform his/her daily functions within the established guidelines. The incumbent is required to have a broad knowledge and skills in applying various sterilization modalities, high level disinfection, preparation, and decontamination techniques. Must also have a working knowledge of microbiology, quality control, and distinguishing between various reusable medical equipment. 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. 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. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005 chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-0622-05. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-06. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. Ability to communicate both orally and in-writing. Basic computer skills. Knowledge of event-related packaging regarding sterility. Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment. Knowledge of critical and semi-critical RME. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures. Knowledge of sterility principles regarding instrumentation. Ability to read and interpret written instructions, procedures, and quality assurance results. Knowledge of but not to include but not limited to: automated endoscope reprocessor, steam sterilizers, low temperature sterilizers, ultrasonic cleaners, cart washers, peel pack machines, and washer disinfectants. Knowledge of assembling case carts and utilizes the procedure instrument list to supply case carts. Preferred Experience: Endoscope experience preferred Preferred Education: HSPA certification preferred References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/83 PART II APPENDIX G47 Physical Requirements: This work is performed in various settings: decontamination, preparation, clean sterile Supply, and In other services throughout the medical facility that SPS supports. 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 . 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 uses insulated gloves to remove carts from sterilizers. The employee Is subject to burns from accidentally touching hot items. The hazards of working around minute quantities of sterilizing gasses are unknown. The employee often works around body fluids, mucous, excretions and bits of tissue, some of which may be foul smelling, Strong, unpleasant odors are encountered while decontaminating bloody or grossly contaminated instrumentation or reusable medical equipment. The work area is noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts and operation of pre" sterilizing equipment. ["Duties Include but are not limited to: Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical reusable medical devices (RMD) in the decontamination area Disassembles the RMD and determines manual and mechanical cleaning as determined by Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)/manufacturer instructions for use (IFU) Inspects, assembles according to the instrument count sheets and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization or high-level disinfection, as determined by Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)/manufacturer instructions for use (IFU) Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all processes and equipment Receives items and correctly organizes them on shelves, ensuring that rotation of stock using First In- First Out (FIFO) method Transport RMD as necessary Participates in Quality assurance and Process Improvement Work Schedule: Various- to be determined *Weekend Requirement: Weekend/Holiday call coverage* Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Medical Supply Technician, Sterile Processing Services (SPS) GS-0622-06 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. The VA Martinsburg Healthcare System offers a wide range of health, support, and facility services for Veterans at 8 locations serving western Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania, northwest Virginia, and West Virginia’s eastern panhandle. Primary Care services are offered at the following locations. Martinsburg WV, Hagerstown MD, Cumberland MD, Franklin WV, Harrisonburg VA, Petersburg WV and Winchester VA.
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