The RN - Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) Coordinator/Educator position is located in the Sterile Processing Service at the Northport VA Medical Center. As a member of the equipment committee, the RME Coordinator/Educator is responsible for the acquisition of new equipment, training and development of Standard Operating Procedures for all critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME). Duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Investigates with the requesting service the need for any manufacturer and model specific SOP's required for the requested RME at the time of the acquisition request for new equipment is received. Obtain the necessary information from the manufacturer or vendor for cleaning and reprocessing. Prepares recommendations for procurement of equipment that will contribute to standardization of equipment in use in the Medical Center. Monitor the acquisition of new equipment and advise using services of anticipated delivery dates. Analyze using service standard operating procedures (SOP's) on the use of RME and identify areas of interface between services. Participate in weekly clinical rounds to assist in the verification of each service's SOP's for RME. Conduct an annual review program of each clinical service's SOP's and competencies to verify that the use of all RME is supported by these guidelines. Responsible for timely development of Standard Operating Procedures for all critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME)following manufacturer's instructions, as well as assisting service areas meet manufacturer's instructions for assuring their non-critical RME is processed between patients following manufacturer's instructions. Assures all staff that process RME maintain competencies as required by AAMI, AORN, and IAHCSMM. The Coordinator applies ANA standards of practice by utilizing Nursing Process to assess learning needs. Designs educational interventions and evaluates outcomes of educational interventions. The Coordinator collaborates with the Chief of SPS to maintain SPS staff competency folders. Collaborates with all patient care areas in the assessment, planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of QA programs. Reports to, communicates and collaborates with the SPS Chief in the Quality Improvement and Safety surveillance of SPS, GI, clinics and O/R processes wherever Semi-Critical and Critical Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) is reprocessed or used. Assists with development, implementation, coordination, maintenance and evaluation of all activities associated with semi critical and critical RME. Ensures that all areas of the Medical Center that use Semi-Critical and Critical RME are in compliance with VHA and local guidelines for safe use of RME. Serves as the Co-Chair of the RME Committee and, in collaboration with the Committee, develops and monitors a calendar for routine RME inspections of all areas where RME is stored and pre-cleaned to ensure ongoing oversight. Responsible and accountable for maintaining training required and may be assigned additional duties as area needs require. Work Schedule: Full time; Monday through Friday - 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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