(7) Storing. Storing is the placing of sterile items in an appropriate storage
area in a way that will make the oldest items used first and placing non-sterile items in
non-sterile storage areas.
(8) Inventorying. Is the physical counting of items, and the withdrawal for
reprocessing of those items with expired dates (too old to use).
(9) Issuing. Issuing means the removal of the requested item from stock
and the delivery of these items to the using unit.
Section II. PERSONNEL
The staff of CMS ordinarily consists of a chief, central materiel service; a chief,
central materiel specialist, who is the noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC); a
senior central materiel specialist; central materiel specialists; and central materiel
CHIEF, CENTRALIZED MATERIEL SERVICE
a. Responsibility. The Chief, CMS, is responsible to the Chief, Department of
Nursing for the efficient organization and management of CMS and is also responsible
for planning, directing, and coordinating activities relating to CMS in compliance with
local standing operating procedures and policies, Army regulations and technical
manuals, and safety rules.
b. Duties. Depending upon the size of the CMS operation, the duties of the
Chief, CMS, will vary; thus, the following listing is not all-inclusive:
Supervises and coordinates the activities of nursing personnel assigned
(2) Determines realistic stock levels, based upon knowledge of the
Department of Nursing operating budget and the CMS services required.
(3) Coordinates and plans with appropriate medical and nursing officers in
developing stock levels for using units.
(4) Develops operational procedures used in the processing of medical
supplies and equipment.
(5) Coordinates with other pertinent hospital departments and services in
matters affecting CMS operations; for example, the Division of Logistics/Supply and
Service for requisitioning supplies and equipment.