The positions are located at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia, in the Sterile Processing Department. The positions support direct patient care by ensuring proper reprocessing, maintenance, and storage of critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) throughout the medical center in compliance with national and local policy and procedure. Major duties include: Utilizes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required. Responsible for the collection, receipt, inspection, cleaning and decontamination processing of soiled instruments, equipment, and apparatus. Completely and thoroughly dissembles and positions all parts of complex technical reusable medical equipment (RME). Performs required leak tests to endoscopic equipment. Performs multi-step procedures to effectively reprocess endoscopes and probes Operates decontamination equipment. Uses, interprets and records results from quality assurance monitors. Performs and validates all cleaning of instrumentation and RME utilizing department SOPs, manufacturer's instructions for use guidelines, Medical Center Memorandums, and VA policies and directives, along with industry standards published by organizations such as, Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), American National Standard/Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (ANSI/AMMI), Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), etc. Reads and understands Material Data Safety Sheets. Performs inspection, assembly, packaging, and terminal sterilization of all trays, sets, and packs for use throughout the medical center. Determines the criticality category of RME using the Spaulding Classification System. Interprets gauge readings and mechanical printouts on sterilization equipment to validate that sterilization of RME is within acceptable parameters. Interprets printout for Automatic Endoscope Processors used for high level decontamination to ensure that disinfection has met all parameters. Maintains records for all sterilization procedures. Troubleshoots complex sterilizers used in the medical center to ensure optimal operation. Performs high level disinfection using Rapicide PA, or equivalent according to manufacturer's instructions for use guidelines. Validates chemicals are tested and meet requirements to ensure that Minimum Effective Concentration (MEC) for the performance of high-level disinfection. Assembles major and minor complex surgical instrument tray/sets. Prepares RME for surgical case carts according to physician preference and computer-generated picking lists for use in operating rooms. After sterilization, performs quality assurance activities and documents accordingly Follows manufacturer's written instructions and SOPs when reprocessing RME Effectively communicates with health care providers and medical center staff to problem solve in the event of RME shortages and need to substitute and/or offer alternatives. Properly monitors temperature, humidity, air flow, and air exchanges to ensure proper environment for RME reprocessing. Work Schedule: Various Tours available. Includes call, weekends and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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