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Diploma Program in Sterile Processing Technology

Sterile Processing Technicians, also known as Central Processing Technicians or Sterile Technicians process and sterilize equipment and supplies from the operating suites and nursing units of hospitals. They are trained to clean, sterilize and prepare equipment for patient use in various areas of the facilities. They may also be involved in preparing special packages of equipment for specialty procedures such as angiograms and heart valve replacements. Central Supply is also the main inventory storage area of the hospital and technicians are responsible for processing and storing the equipment and instrumentation so that it is available as needed.

  • Discuss the history of sterile processing
  • Relate concepts of microbiology to cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing of medical equipment and surgical instrumentation.
  • List the types and characteristics of chemicals used in decontamination and their uses
  • Review regulatory agency mandates and guidelines for OSHA, FDA, CDC, AAMI and the EPA as they relate to decontamination of surgical instruments
  • List and describe the various types of medical instrumentation and their functions including endoscopic, power, microsurgical and robotic
  • Describe the composition and finish of surgical instruments
  • Describe sterilization cycles and parameters.
  • Discuss the importance of lot control and tracking for processed surgical instruments and devices
  • Describe actions to be taken when medical or surgical supplies are recalled.
  • Project strong communication skills and professionally interact as a member of the department team.

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