Medical Supply Tech (Sterile Processing Services)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 5/22/2020
Description The employee for this position serves as a Medical Supply Technician within the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) section of Patient Care Services. Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) in the decontamination area, and may receive noncritical equipment as well.Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for decontamination, preparation, equipment storage, and issue of instrument trays, equipment and supplies used by all service lines within the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
  • Disassembles, separates and inspects all instrument and equipment for damage. He/she removes all contaminants (i.e. blood, tissue, tape, fluids, etc.) by soaking, rinsing, wiping, scrubbing and flushing manually or by the use of a variety of decontamination equipment (i.e. ultrasonic washer, washer/decontaminator and cart washer).
  • Inspects and assembles surgical and specialty treatment trays along with sets used on the Med-Surg units, GU Clinic, ICU units, ENT Clinic, Podiatry, X-Ray, Dental, etc.
  • Arranges the instruments in the trays to protect the delicate and sharp tips, assures that the instruments are unclamped and places instruments in the tray according to likeness as noted on reference cards and count sheets.
  • Expected to help train other Medical Supply Technicians in all facets of processing instruments and supplies.
  • Make daily trips to the Operating Room suite and must be knowledgeable of dress codes, traffic control, and aseptic techniques performed in this restricted area.
  • Facilitate the daily progress of the Operating Room schedule by delivering hands-on service to a specific Operating Room if needed and directed by the Operating Room personnel.
  • Clean, examine, select and otherwise prepare and sterilize Operating Room and specialty clinic supplies along with instrumentation. This includes, but is not limited to, total joint instrumentation, micro-surgical trays, cataract sets, robotics, laparoscopic, transplant and dental trays. This expertise covers all necessary equipment and instrumentation to service twelve surgical specialties and the additional department needs at VAPHS.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 2:30pm - 11:00pm; Rotating weekends and Holidays; Saturdays and Sundays.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/FS#: Medical Supply Tech/000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
  • Experience: Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work;
  • OR Education: One year above high school that included 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 Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Preferred Experience: Requires standing for long periods. Requires frequent movement within work areas, regular and recurring bending, stopping, sitting, and stretching. The work requires lifting/carrying of heavy items.

Grade Determinations:
GS-06 (Full Performance Level): Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, 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 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G47, MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN (STERILE PROCESSING)QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 7, 2015, at

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS 03 to GS 06.

Physical Requirements: Requires standing for long periods. Requires frequent movement within work areas, regular and recurring bending, stopping, sitting, and stretching. The work requires lifting/carrying of heavy items.

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