The LMST may perform these duties in a several areas within the Sterile Processing Services (SPS) following VA Directives, hospital policies, and SPS Standard Operating Procedures. The Lead Medical Supply Technician (LMST) at the GS-7 position in the Sterile Processing Services (SPS) is an advanced Medical Supply Technician (MST). The LMST at this grade level is responsible for all activities that occur in the department during their tour. Distributes and prioritizes workload amongst MSTs. Lead employees in all decontamination, sterilization, and high-level disinfection of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME). Researches manufacturer's instructions and updates Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as required by policy. The LMST performs quality assurance activities including monitoring of biological/chemical indicator and integrators, Bowie dick tests, time/temperature graphs (if applicable), and ensuring appropriate RME checks are documented after sterilization or reprocessing. Other quality assurance activities include verification of accurate labeling, contents, cleanliness and working order, and sterilization parameters. Data gathered is evaluated and findings and recommendations to improve effectiveness or processes are made to SPS management. Some duties may include, but not limited to: Distributes and prioritizes workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations. Assures an even workflow and distribution of the workload. Revises work schedules to meet anticipated and unanticipated changes in the workload. Assigns work to staff based on experience and training needs. Monitors and reports on the status of work. Patient focus: assuring that patients' needs are the driving force in decision making, problem solving and other activities. Ensures Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and SPS mandates are followed during the performance of workflow. Reviews work in progress or spot checks work not requiring review to ensure completed work meets supervisors' instructions on such things as work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines. Assesses the quality and quantity of work by reviewing the cleaning, reprocessing, and distribution of technical medical equipment, material and instrumentation. Troubleshoots and analyzes mechanical failures and makes necessary adjustments to complex decontamination and sterilization equipment, as well as interprets alarm conditions which may occur while operating the equipment. Provides information to management officials concerning performance issues, assignment changes and task completion. Instructs employees on work-related activities, policies, procedures and goals. Research manufacturer's instruction and update SOPs as directed by management. Performs quality assurance checks on all critical trays, and random checks on non-critical trays as per quality program. Preferred Experience: 3 or more years of Sterile Processing Experience Work Schedule: 07:30am-4:00pm (Weekends/Holidays as needed) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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