Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Quality Assurance, GS-0622-07, for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Sterile Processing Service, located with the Columbia VA Healthcare System in Columbia, SC. The Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Quality Assurance (QA) Technician serves as the monitoring specialist for all activities of Sterile Processing Service (SPS), which includes the operating room case cart management system. The incumbent will monitor all processes of cleaning/decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution of critical, semi-critical, and non-critical Reusable Medical Equipment (RME). Duties for the position include but are not limited to: Follow the use of bacteriological controls, principles and methods of sterilization, packaging, and assembly of simple to more complex items for therapeutic and surgical procedures. Perform daily quality checks of all required documentation and report any discrepancies. Develop and maintain methods to evaluate the quality of work performance and outcomes as it relates to the quality assurance program. Maintain a system of internal and external reviews ensuring overall compliance of all critical, semi-critical and non critical RME used within the medical center. Track and analyze required documentation pertaining to critical, semi-critical and non-critical RME within the scope of SPS for quality control purposes. Utilize qualitative analysis tools to prepare reports for trending, evaluate operations and facilitate improvements in workflow and quality processes. Troubleshoot computer programs related to SPS operations and train staff on the inputting of data associated with the cleaning and sterilization of equipment, biological processing, and quality assurance programs. Collaborate with SPS management when deviations occur. Validate SPS policies on cleaning and sterilization as it relates to manufacturer information for use, standards and mandates. Updates the quality assurance program annually or when manufacturer information and guidelines are changed. Attend RME rounds, report, and develop an action plan for findings, doing follow-up until actions completed. Gather RME data and build report for VISN. Monitor for proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling biological indicators and in work areas. Track and respond to RME product alerts and report to SPS Leadership. Stores, issues, and maintains locator records on all SPS cycled equipment. Advises medical personnel on proper use of equipment. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Rotating Shifts to include nights and weekends; 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Tour of duty subject to change to meet the needs of the Agency Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.