This is an advanced level position in the Sterile Processing Service as a Lead Medical Supply Technician located at the Pittsburgh VAMC. The incumbent will provide sterilization, preparation, supply items and reusable medical equipment decontamination and distribution support for the medical center. This position requires administrative duties and serving as a resource to other Medical Supply Technicians. The incumbent is responsible for the lead duties in the Sterile Processing Service. Lead duties encompass providing technical and lead responsibilities. Must be able to direct and lead SPS personnel and communicate effectively to ensure user unit needs are met on a consistent basis, distributing and prioritizing workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations, and assuring an even workflow and distribution of workload. Revises work schedules to meet anticipated and unanticipated changes in the workload. Assigns work to staff based on experience and training needs. Monitors and reports on the status of work. Provides information to management officials concerning performance issues, assignment changes and task completion. Instructs employees on work-related activities, policies, procedures, and goals. Acts as a liaison and SME for SPS to all services to assure their RME needs are met. Must possess the knowledge and skills to accurately and meticulously decontaminate process and sterilize a wide variety of complex, medical, surgical, endoscopic and dental devices. Balances the workload among employees in accordance with established work flow or job specialization, assures timely accomplishment of the assigned workload. Monitors and reports the status and progress of work and adjusts workload according to established priorities. Maintains current knowledge of policies, directives, IAHCSMM guidelines as well as knowledge of AAMI and AORN Standards. Must have a thorough knowledge of, and the ability to orient new staff, to a full range of: (1) Sets and trays used throughout the medical center, including those used in the operating room, and (2) medical/surgical terminology, human anatomy, and physiology. He/ She directs the cleaning priorities of contaminated reusable medical equipment from wards, operating rooms, and clinics and ensures staff inspects these items for damage and that they are in good working condition. The incumbent is a resource for Medical Supply Technicians in the loading and operation of sterilizers such as Steam, Sterrad and high-level disinfecting process as well as reprocessing of endoscopes. Will accommodate special and emergent requirements through consultation and coordination with medical/surgical professional staff. The incumbent assists the Assistant Chief of Sterile Processing as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the proper use, cleaning, and sterilization of RME and any problems that may arise. Assigns/monitors the Medical Supply Technicians as they complete, document and maintain records for out-of-date monitors, cleaning schedules, nonbiological implants monitors, verify sterilization monitors for SPS, etc. Responsible for the surgical schedule for instrumentation needs for the next day surgical schedule. The incumbent will inform the Assistant Chief of SPS of any instrumentation needed for set completeness of sets and the requesting of supplies used within the decontamination, prep and GI areas of SPS. Will assist with SOP management for current and new equipment, to include preparing, reviewing, and providing education to staff. Enter and follow-up for equipment work orders, communicating closely with Biomed, Logistics, and company representatives to assure proper functioning of SPS equipment. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (Saturday Morning): 10:30p-7a; Some Weekends and Holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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