The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Medical Supply Technician. The Medical Supply Technician will function in SPS Service at the Wyoming Community Based Outpatient Clinic. 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. English Language Proficiency: MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations:GS-06 (Full Performance Level) Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures. Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures. References: VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G47. Physical Requirements: The position requires long periods of standing while processing supplies with: Recurring lifting up to 50 pounds, in the process of soiled instrumentation pick-up, receiving, and issuing items. The employee regularly pushes loaded carts and carriers aligning the tracts leading to the sterilizer and washers. Employee can be required to push carts up to 600 pounds on/off elevators and to/from stock storage areas. Requires considerable stooping and bending. Uses a computer for data entry and instrument tracking. Conducting inventories of the supply storage areas will result in a high level of physical demands (bending, walking, stooping, prolonged standing, reaching, climbing, pushing, pulling, noise, lifting and exposure to varying temperature variations. ["The Medical Supply Technician (MST) functions in all areas of the instrumentation and delivery process. Duties include but are not limited to: Decontamination Collects, receives, cleans, and decontaminates the full range of instruments, supplies and equipment used in the medical center's wards/patient care units, dental clinic and special procedure units. Selects the appropriate methods and procedures for removing gross soil (contamination). Sorts all items by method of processing and inspects items for damage prior to processing, disassembles for cleaning. Operates, maintains and adjusts distinct types of processing equipment. Changes and resets timers and selects different parameter requirements on decontamination cycles. Identifies and properly disposes of individual use items. Adheres to and/or monitors both Facility and SPS Infection Controls Guidelines. Responsible for determining the proper techniques for pick-up, transportation, cleaning and disinfecting of contaminated items. Brings all infection control issues/problems to the attention of the responsible supervisor. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment. Disassembles medical equipment as necessary for disinfection, including complex items. The incumbent disassembles, processes and reassembles complex life-supporting equipment. Incumbent disassembles a full range of instruments, trays / sets used in the procedure rooms and special procedure areas. Preparation Incumbent assembles a full range of instrument trays/sets for wards, clinics, and special procedures units. Inspects instruments for cleanliness, damage, and tested for proper function before reassembling. Trays/sets are assembled as designed by local established procedures and by the requirements. Incumbent selects the appropriate method of sterilization according to manufacture instructions, design constraints and compatibility of the item with the sterilizing agent. Incumbent will place materials on sterilizer cart for terminal sterilization in accordance with the sterilization method and equipment being used. Regularly performs quality control tests on all sterilization equipment such as Biological monitoring, Bowie Dick and chemical indicators. Performs quality assurance inspections on material terminally sterilized prior to storage. Verifies and signs sterilizer records after each cycle before any item is removed from the sterilizer. Maintains daily documentation of biological monitoring and submits the monthly reports to the Infection Control Committee. Serves as a second review for assembled instrument sets to ensure accuracy. Distribution Assembles and loads delivery carts according to schedules and delivers instrumentation to units in a safe, yet timely manner. Fills special and emergency request for instrumentation as applicable. Advises medical personnel on availability of instrumentation, sterile items, possible substitutes and efficient use of SPS specific equipment. Routinely replenishes supply shelves in SPS and notifies supervisor of depleting inventory or increased usage of supplies. Keeps record of supplies and equipment used and notifies supervisor of unusual requests or instrumentation usage patterns. Routinely inventories SPS supplies and equipment, using an automated system. Keeps records and determines reordering needs. Completes all logs and records involved with the processing of medical items and trays, utilizing equipment call-in sheets, equipment logs, etc. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Supply Tech (Sterile Processing) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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