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 Walla Walla VA Medical Center and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). 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. Cleaning Surgical Instrumentation and RME: Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment as well. Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents as determined by manufactures instructions. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing and scrubbing. Responsible for ensuring that quality assurance testing of the effectiveness of equipment operation is completed and documented to include bioburden testing, minimum effective concentration, cavitation effectiveness, and washer/disinfector effectiveness testing. If instruments are missing incumbent will make effort to retrieve from different clinics. Sterilization and Assembly: Determines proper packaging methods based on size, number, and weight and label them correctly. Monitors priority of instruments needs for various clinics to see that they are met in a timely manner. If used incumbent can process and sterilize a wide variety of implant devices in accordance with manufacturer instructions for use, and ensure that implants are not released for use until the biological challenge device has completed the incubation period and determined whether the sterilization method was effective. Incumbent determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization of instrumentation such as but not limited to Steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO and High-Level Disinfecting. Incumbent conforms to and ensures that all safety and infection control rules, regulations and requirements (dress code and traffic control flow) in both the decontamination and preparation area are followed by all personnel working in, or entering, the work area. Quality Assurance Examining and Inspection of Condition of Instruments, Supplies and RME Responsible for ensuring that quality assurance testing of the effectiveness of equipment operation is completed and documented to include bioburden testing, minimum effective concentration, cavitation effectiveness, and washer/disinfector effectiveness testing. Incumbent will complete a second check of all assembled sets by other MST ensuring that instruments are clean, functional, accurate instruments are included and properly inserted to set assembled. If problems or mistakes are found the incumbent will notify technician who assembled set and explain the correction needed. Conducts inventory and keeps log of First in First Out (FIFO) in accordance with 1116 standards, keeping with guidelines and using discretion when establishing and maintain levels for storage in limited space, revising these levels based on usage patterns. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment. 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. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, Hours may vary depending on the needs of the service. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
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.