Job Summary :
The Special Feed Unit Technician assumes responsibility for the preparation and labeling of specialized feeds following strict guidelines for standards of food handling hygiene and using written procedures under the guidance of the pediatric dietitians for infants and children in Sidra Medical and Research Center.
The unit is open 7 days a week including national holidays and staff work a 2 rota system. Key Roles & Responsibilities :
Verifies new or questionable feed orders provided by the Registered Dietitian for accuracy and obtains standardized recipes as needed
Prepares infant formulas and modular feeds accurately according to established recipes, following pre-established feeding preparation procedures and adhering to quality control standards.
Uses correct and accurate technique to measure powders and liquids
Stores prepared feeds properly until delivery to the patient area.
Maintains daily records and updates computerized patient profile regarding the feed order
Completes daily batch records for prepared feedings
Maintains a daily log of refridgeration and heating temperatures, including refridgerators in the patient care unit.
Maintains sufficient stock and order adequate supplies to meet patients needs
Completes daily tally or census sheets indicating formulas prepared
Prepares storeroom or purchasing requisition for all infant formula , glassware, bottles, enteral feeding bags, teats, and other supplies and notifies supervisor of any shortages
Orders products and supplies and notifies supervisor of any shortages
Checks expiration dates on products on delivery and in storage
Follows procedures for formula recalls at the direction of the supervisor
Maintains sanitation in the preparation area of the special feed unit
Cleans and sanitizes all work surfaces in the preparation room before and after each feeding preparation
Cleans utensils, equipment, and storage areas used in the infant feeding preparation room according to established procedures.
Follows aseptic technique
Follows department and infection control policies regarding feeding handling
When appropriate, prepares samples for bacteria check according to established protocol
Maintains daily appearance and personal hygiene according to departmental guidelines
Secure the feeding preparation room
Operates all equipment needed to prepare infant formulas and modular feeds e.g weighing scales, blast chillers, dishwashers
Fills temperature records and feeding orders
Check equipment for proper operation and reports problems to the supervisor
Prepares monthly quality assurance report and production summaries
Demonstrates to patients / carers / ancillary personnel how to safely prepare their individual feeds following the dietitians recipe as needed.
Provides orientation support to new starters in the department.
Deals effectively with the telephone enquiries from nursing / medical staff, ensuring that all messages and requests for feeds are recorded and liaise with dietitians appropriately.
Prioritizes own workload to ensure work is completed in a timely manner.
Perform additional duties as assigned
Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
Maintains confidentiality of women and children at all times.
In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this pre-operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.
Essential Requirements : Education
Certification and Licensure
Job Specific Skills and Abilities
Ability to work in a detail oriented manner
Great attention to detail and carefulness
Outstanding customer service orientation
Proven ability to follow written instructions and specific directions
Flexibility in managing schedules
Active listening skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
Fluency in written and spoken English