Medical Supply Technician - Sterile Processing
These positions are assigned to the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) at the VA Medical Center located in Minneapolis, MN. The Medical Supply Technician will provide support in the handling of a wide variety of medical equipment, scopes and tools during the initial stages of the sterilization process referred to as package & preparation, instrumentation and decontamination.
These positions involve a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-5. At the GS-4 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-5. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.
The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Decontaminates the full range of reusable medical and surgical supplies, instruments, flexible, rigid, video scopes and medical equipment;
- Use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect from gross contaminates;
- Disassembles and reassembles medical equipment and instruments where the internal parts may become contaminated;
- Operates various kinds of equipment such as ultrasonic cleaners, cart washers, washer disinfectors, scope washers and leak testers;
- Uses manufacturer instructions on how to decontaminate a variety of specialized instruments such as Da Vinci/robotic surgical equipment, orthopedics instruments and delicate instruments;
- Utilizes universal precautions and follows all infection control policies and procedures when handling gross contamination and bio-burden when cleaning reusable supplies, equipment and surgical instruments;
- Prepares, assembles, wraps, and packages a full range of trays and sets used on the wards, Operating Room (O.R.) and in the clinics of the hospital;
- Performs non-technical maintenance of equipment to prevent malfunctions;
- Obtains needed repairs, storing clean and sterile equipment, issuing equipment, troubleshooting the equipment, and explaining the proper use of the equipment;
- Maintains records on the use, issuance, stock levels, and maintenance of equipment; and
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Multiple work schedules.DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to an appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status No Promotion Potential 5