This position is located in the Patient Care Services of the Sterile Processing Service Unit of the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. In this position, the incumbent is expected to perform the full scope of sterilization duties and responsibilities with minimal supervision and direction. The incumbent will provide sterilization, preparation, supply items and decontamination support for the medical center. The incumbent will have knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as required by this position. The incumbent will be required to maintain current knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and preparation of RME appropriate to this position. The incumbent will be able to demonstrate their ability to utilize an acceptable proficiency in the use of RME appropriate to this position. Specific duties of the position include: Conduct daily assessment of assigned area. Retrieve soil reusable medical equipment (RME) from operating rooms and outpatient surgical clinics to include Dental. Remove soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other containments by wiping, soaking, rinsing, brushing and scrubbing. Completion Level 1Training modules in TMS within 90 days of employment and obtain Level 2 certification within the year. Completion service specific orientation and staff in-service program of Sterile processing. Achieve competency in all areas of sterile processing (Decontamination, Prep and Assembly, Operating room and Endoscopy). Inspect packages for indications of proper sterilization. Prepare, load, and operate sterilizers such as steam, Sterrad. Knowledgeable in high level disinfecting(HLD) scope reprocessor such as the Medivator and Trophon. Prepare operating room case carts daily pull sheets and utilizing surgery schedule. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex tasks and require direct supervision on new assignments. Inventory instrument trays in CensiTrac for accountability of all instruments. Ensure instrument cleanliness and completeness as appropriate and deemed ready for sterilization. Monitor instrument sets through the sterilization process using CensiTrac and QA monitors. Deliver reprocessed instrument trays to clinics and Operating Room Core in a timely manner. Work as part of team of technicians to improve the throughput of surgical instruments through SPS. Additional Duties as Assigned. Work Schedule: Full Time, M-F 2:30 am - 11:00 pm, Rotating weekends and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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