GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The VETERINARY CENTRAL SERVICES TECHNICIAN works in a central supply unit and is responsible for all surgical laundry. Employees in this class clean, sterilize, and assemble surgical packs and supplies and provide assistance in the clinical and surgical areas of a veterinary teaching hospital.
This is a single class and not currently part of a series of classes.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are not inclusive but characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this class. Individual positions may perform all or some combination of the duties listed below as well as other related duties.
- Sterilization and Cleaning. Typical tasks: within established protocol, operates and monitors gas and steam (autoclave) sterilization equipment, commercial laundry washer and dryer, ultrasonic cleaners, and dishwasher to prepare surgical instruments, drapes, gowns, lab coats, scrub suits and surgical linens, supplies, and equipment for aseptic use; lubricates surgical instruments; inspects instruments for damage or wear, and initiates repairs or replacement as necessary;
- Packaging and Storage. Typical tasks: organizes instruments into appropriate surgical packs; wraps and labels surgical packs with proper identification; wraps and labels gowns, lab coats, and surgical linens; maintains inventory of surgical equipment and linens; submits orders for approval to replace surgical equipment and linens.
- Biohazard Materials / Waste Management. Typical tasks: ensures compliance with OSHA regulation relating to worker safety and the proper handling of biohazard and pathological contaminated materials. Handles contaminated medical waste using appropriate sterilization and disinfectant techniques and prepare materials for disposal in accordance with all applicable OSHA State and Federal regulations.
- Maintenance and Inventory. Typical tasks: ensures clean and accessible workplace, maintains central service medical supplies inventories, records supplies used, and restocks supplies. Performs minor maintenance, maintains surgical instruments, and ensures that central service supplies are stocked, ready for distribution to various ancillary units.
- Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: orients staff to the proper use of equipment and supplies as workload allows and receives shipments of medical equipment and supplies. May troubleshoot problems with central service equipment.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class have daily contact with veterinary technicians, veterinary faculty/clinicians, and veterinary students to identify surgical instruments and supplies needed for the variety of surgeries scheduled. Employees in this class have frequent contact with their supervisor to receive direction and instructions.
Employees in this class work in conjunction with their supervisor in making decisions on a daily basis regarding necessary actions to be taken regarding biohazard safety and contaminated materials handling. They receive daily supervision from an administrative supervisor who reviews the work for timely completion and conformance to established veterinary hospital procedure and policies. Work is reviewed through observation and informal discussions with veterinary clinicians and technicians who work with employees in this class. Employees in this class refer to OSHA state and federal regulations and state and university rules, regulations, and procedural manuals on sterile techniques, instrument care, and maintenance as guidelines in completion of work.
Positions in this class are found in a veterinary teaching hospital and/or veterinary clinic setting. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose, which includes working around large and small animals. In addition, they require the willingness to maintain conduct and respect consistent with veterinary teaching hospital policies standards, toward the purpose of animals used in teaching and research. Exposure to noxious odors, infectious diseases, chemicals, gas anesthetics, radiation, loud noises, and machinery is likely. This position will handle sharp objects and may have access to controlled substances.
Vocational training in decontamination/sterilization procedures and supply distribution OR one year of experience in a medical facility providing central services support which demonstrates the knowledge of:
- OSHA State and Federal regulations;
- sterilization procedures and equipment operations;
- designations and common use of surgical instruments and equipment;
- medical terms used in surgery or a hospital setting;
- basic mathematics (add, subtract, multiply, divide)
- general computer skills
Some positions may require National Certification for Sterile Processing Technicians or Surgical Instrument Processor Certification within the first year of employment. Finalists for this position will be required to complete a criminal background history and motor vehicle background criteria form. Offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check. This position may require a valid driver license.