This is an Advanced Level position as a Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) in Sterile Processing Service. The incumbent is expected to perform the full scope of sterilization duties and responsibilities independently to provide sterilization, preparation, supply items, and decontamination support for the medical center. Incumbent will have knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as required by this position and 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. Must demonstrate their ability to utilize an acceptable proficiency in the use of RME appropriate to this position. The term "supply item" as used in this functional statement refers to reusable items for patient care including instrumentation (scissors, forceps, retractors, etc.), surgical trays and sets and various other items that could be processed or assembled through the Preparation and Decontamination areas of Sterile Processing Service. Specific functions of the position include but are not limited to: 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 1 Training 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. Assemble basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room. 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. Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in the decontamination area and reprocess using standard operation procedures (SOP) and manufacture information for use(IFU). Note: may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area 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 manufacturer instructions. Inspects, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, STERRAD, Steam, and/or high level disinfecting scope reprocessors such as the Medivator. Performs and documents daily and weekly QA operational checks and records documentation for all sterilization and HLD equipment and processes. Assembles highly complex instrument sets including, but not limited to, open heart, major orthopedic total joint, cardiovascular, craniotomy and complex endoscopic instrumentation. Processes all complex endoscopic instrumentation to include those medical devices used in the gastroenterology laboratory, bronchoscopy laboratory, urology and operating room. Reviews manufacturer guidelines to ensure the correct methods and parameters are followed when cleaning, decontaminating and sterilizing RME. 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. Informs management and healthcare staff when cleaning and processing standard operating procedures (SOPs) or instruction for use have been changed or updated to assure the changes have been validated to meet all guidelines. - Additional Duties As assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 6:30am to 3pm or 2:30pm to 11pm Rotating weekends and Holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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