||Assist with ancillary support services within the KSU-VHC, to include, but not be limited to the following:
A). Preparing surgical instruments and linen packs as they return from surgery into pack groupings, remove and properly dispose of all blades and needles. Sort and place blood soiled instruments in sonic cleaner, remove when the machine cycle is complete, and dry instruments. Visually inspect all instruments for traces of contamination (i.e. remaining blood or tissue fragments). Place instruments in appropriate racks as defined procedures manuals descriptions (i.e. spay pack, orthopedic pack, arthroscopic pack, etc.). Wrap specifically so items are oriented to surgeon’s requests, and all instruments and supplies are oriented so that the pack outer wrapper maintains a sterile field around the instruments when opened. Remove and report instruments needing repair.
B). Sterilization of surgical packs, fluids, and supplies, by placing properly wrapped taped and identified (as to contents and date sterilized.) instrument packs in the correct sterilizer (whichever is appropriate for the type pack being sterilized), and set the machine to appropriate cycle settings. When finished, remove packs, double-check autoclave cycle print out and marking tape on each pack to assure that the autoclave functioned properly and each pack has been appropriately sterilized.
C). Preparation of gauze, sponge, towel, needle, and suture packs so each contains a specified number of items, with each oriented in relation to procedures manual protocol within the pack, and wrapped in an outer wrapper so that, after autoclaving, the pack may be opened maintaining a sterile field around its outer perimeter.
D). Cleaning to include proper disposal of sharps and packaging of syringes and reusable needles into sterilizing packets for re-sterilizing and distribution back to work areas.
E). Laundering and folding of linens and uniforms. Packing, wrapping, and sterilization of surgical gowns, following approved sterile techniques, is included in this task. Maintain an orderly work area by participating in daily cleaning tasks.
F). Assist in training of new employees in specific techniques associated with performing sterile pack preparation procedures.
G). Stocking of supplies in the work area (s) as directed by supervisor, including organization and set up of surgery carts and other specialty carts.
H). Perform daily tasks to ensure the self-help laboratory is operational. These tasks include: cleaning, stocking, troubleshooting and maintaining equipment, reporting equipment in need of repair. Quarterly duties in self-help include: maintaining MSDS book, appropriate signage, inventory map, evaluating the need for par levels adjustments.
Maintain surgical supplies, equipment and other commodities inventoried by VHC Central Preparation area. Monitor check-in andcheck-out of supplies, equipment and commodities so that all dispensing is performed in accordance with established VHC procedures. Monitor equipment, treatment materials, supplies and other commodities utilized daily in support of client, teaching and research medical procedures in the VHC so that all items have been serviced according to the preventative maintenance protocol, are functional, clean and available for the next procedure. This includes returning partially used commodities into service or initiating proper disposal of them in order to maintain an adequate inventory of supplies and materials. Must provide requests to supervisor (or other purchasing personnel in supervisor’s absence) for reordering of commodities.
Perform other duties as requested by Director of Surgical Support Services, Health Care Technician II, or Health Center Administrator or Director by following procedures developed for the KSU-VHC. Additional responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
A). As necessary, assist with after-hours emergency procedures and participate with rotational weekend and holiday duty.
B). Be an effective and dependable employee by beginning each day with a clean, neat uniform, establish and maintain good work habits, maintain a positive, professional relationship with faculty, staff, students and clients