The Medical Supply Technician (MST) is responsible for the decontamination and processing of all Reusable Medical Equipment (RME). The primary purpose of this position is to independently perform the full range of duties required to decontaminate, clean, sterilize, process, prepare, store, and distribute medical supplies and equipment used in all areas of the hospital. Medical equipment designed to be reused for multiple patients is considered RME. Full performance of the MST is to ensure the best possible product is delivered: the right item, at the right time, in the right condition, ready for use. Duties of the MST are primarily involved with the following functions pertaining to Reusable Medical Equipment: decontamination and disinfection, sterilization and preparation of equipment (assembly), and sterile storage and distribution. Decontamination and Disinfection: Determine proper methods and processes to follow per SOP's and manufacturer's instructions to decontaminate instruments and equipment. Remove gross contamination by soaking in appropriate detergent solutions, washing with a detergent blood solvent, scrubbing with a brush, rinsing in tap and then distilled water or washing in an ultrasonic unit and/or washer-sterilizer. Decontaminate all reusable supplies and equipment in a manner rendering all decontaminated items safe for handling. Remove items from washers and pass-through and determine type of tray or set to assemble based on recognition of key items and the operating room or clinic schedules. Sterilization and Assembly: Examine items to ensure that gross contamination has been removed; if items remain contaminated, send back to decontamination for complete reprocessing. When required, properly disassemble surgical instruments avoiding damage or unnecessary wear. Use seasoned judgment to ensure minimum potential for damage to equipment. Assemble sets and trays by selecting appropriate tray, lining it with a towel, and arranging instruments in the tray in the correct manner; ensuring a logically arranged package that will permit effective penetration of the sterilizing medium and ease of use by end user. Determine appropriate method of sterilization and attach chemical indicator tape to package. Sterilize items referencing SOP's, special parameters list and or STERIS V-Pro/ETO authorized list to determine that correct parameters (e.g. time, temperature, and pressure) are obtained. Monitor operation of sterilizer with prescribed tests. Visually examine items for damage, deterioration, or imperfections such as rust, pitting, and cracks. Operate medical equipment after reassembly to ensure proper function and send malfunctioning or damaged equipment to repair or salvage unit. Aerate gas-sterilized items for correct period and complete proper documentation. Sterile Storage and Distribution: Fill requests for items based on daily schedules of needs or on individual requisitions. Distribute items according to established requirements, special requests, or as requisitioned. Consult with the Operating Room staff and clinic customers on items in short supply or out of stock, recommending possible substitutions. Rotate stock in accordance with the FIFO (First In, First Out) system. Assist with inventory of supplies needed for production and end users. Attend training on procedures associated with set-up, use, reprocessing, and maintenance of new equipment prior to its initial use that leads to initial competency and validation of that competency on a recurring basis. Oversee the work of lower-grade employees. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm/ Rotating Weekends Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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