Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RMD in decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area as well. Completes segments of work pertaining to the assembly of basic sets and trays for use in the medical center. Operates equipment involved in sterilization processes. Performs and documents daily operational checks, records for all sterilization equipment, and performs quality assurance checks. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Education/Experience: Experience: Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant' ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or Education: One year above high school that includes 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 Combination: Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Preferred Experience: VA and or Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) certificated Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, candidates must meet the following grade requirements. GS-6 Experience: Applicants must have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings. 2. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. 3. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures. 4. Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation. 5. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures. Assignment: This is the full performance level for the occupation. Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in the decontamination area and 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, Steris, ETO, and high-level disinfecting scope reprocessors. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G47 - Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Qualification Standards. ["Duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Incumbent will accurately reprocess critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment, which includes but is not limited to the decontamination, scope reprocessing, preparation, sterilization, supply items, and case cart assembly for the medical center. Disassembles the RMD 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 manufactures instructions. Inspects, prepares, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, VPro, EtO, and high-level disinfecting reprocessors. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing and scrubbing. Performs segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical Device (RMD). Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 2:30 PM / 2PM to 10:30 PM / 10:00 PM to 6:30 AM\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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