The central sterile processing technician plays a vital role in maintaining the cleanliness, functionality and inventory of health care instrumentation and equipment. Their work ensures that patients avoid infections and that doctors, nurses and allied health professionals are able to access the instrumentation and equipment they need immediately.
As a central sterile processing technician, you are responsible for sterilizing instrumentation and equipment through a series of critical steps. You will have a strong understanding of microbiology and infection control, the principles and practices of sterile processing and decontamination procedures.
You will take classes that prepare you to:
• Clean, disinfect and distribute sterilized instrumentation and equipment to an emergency department, intensive care unit, the labor and delivery unit, operating room and other areas of health care facilities.
• Work in a sterile processing department and central service department setting.
• Contribute to a team of central sterile processing technicians who are all working together to maintain sterilization and storage.
• Find employment in various settings, including hospitals, dental or eye care practices, plastic surgery offices, surgery centers and laboratories.
• Take the central sterile processing exam offered by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). This program is based on the IAHCSMM certification, CRCST.