Employees are scheduled to tours of duty within administrative hours, but not limited to weekends and on-calls, as needed. This position is integral to the safe use of reusable medical equipment as they are the first line of defense in protecting patients from hospital acquired infections and are located in the East Orange Campus. Must be knowledgeable of decontamination methods and all equipment used in the decontamination process. In this position, the incumbents will receive the soiled instrumentation (for the various clinics and locations within the East Orange VA Hospital, clean and ultrasonically clean the instruments, preparation and assemble of the instruments, either in sterilizable peel pouch, container, or wrapped container; labeling and sterilizing all instrumentation, and release instrumentation appropriately. Employees must be well versed in the operation of the Steam sterilization, Low -plasma sterilization, High Level Disinfecting chemicals and knowledge of a variety of reusable medical equipment (simple to complex), including Endoscopes. The incumbents will use our Instrument tracking system (Censitrac) to log and track each piece of instrumentation that undergoes the process of cleaning and sterilization. The incumbents will document and maintained records information for each process as indicated. The incumbents must be proficient and knowledgeable in the cleaning, sterilization, and assembly of minor and complex trays. Must be knowledgeable of High-Level Disinfection methods available in the facility. Flexibility in covering the needs of the department as necessary, including change of tour or overtime. Perform and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization and high-level disinfection RME and Environmental non-conformances as Temp and Humidity, and Eye Washing stations in our Quality Management meetings and notify SPS Chief or designee. Complies with Standard Precautions, ensures proper disposal of hazardous waste, reports all malfunctioning equipment, uses proper equipment for the required tasks, follows recommended or established guidelines for the use of decontamination and sterilization materials and equipment Cleans all equipment and work areas after use with an approved disinfectant. A basic understanding of medical and surgical terminology, therapeutic procedures and of human anatomy and physiology. Be trained to ascertain and verify that all non-biological implants coming into the Medical Center are sterile/ sterilized before being delivered to the clinical staff by having them go through SPS for inspection and/or sterilization. Knowledgeable of trays and supply requirements for all surgical procedures to facilitate procedures for case carts in the Operating Room. Maintains and continuously applies, training methods in aseptic techniques, handling of contaminated equipment and supplies, decontamination, and sterilization procedures to prevent the spread of disease and cross contamination. Understands and follows principles and procedures for processing of used/contaminated endoscopes, instrumentation, and reusable supplies and equipment. Total compliance with the SPS AAMI/ ISO 2001 Standards and e-QMS, Infection Control Policies and SPS Standard Operating Procedures is expected. Adheres to SPS AAMI/ ISO Standards and e-QMS, regarding personal protective equipment to be worn when performing cleaning/decontamination duties. Employees must participate in the VA SPS Level I and II Training, in-services including department team meetings. Level II certification is required for this position. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 3:00PM-11:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not require GS-04 (Developmental Level) Assignment. This is a developmental level MST position. 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. Prepares operating room case carts. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision. GS-05 (Developmental Level) Assignment: This is a developmental level MST position. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other containments 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. Prepares, loads, and operates sterilizers such as steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and a high level disinfecting scope reprocessor; prepares operating room case carts daily using surgery schedule. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex tasks and require direct supervision on new assignments.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.