Sterile Processing

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What does a Sterile Processing Technician do?

A typical hospital uses (and reuses) tens of thousands of medical instruments every month. Although some supplies are disposable, many are not. The reusable supplies come with their own special instructions for proper cleaning and maintenance. Sterile Processing Technicians (SPTs) prepare surgical instruments and devices. They clean, inspect, test, sterilize, store and deliver devices needed for surgery in a healthcare facility. Other job duties may include:

  • verifying and accurately document missing instruments,
  • recording sterilizer test results,
  • ensuring each instrument is in good working order prior to placing in tray for use,
  • operating and maintaining steam autoclaves,
  • keeping records of loads complete, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed,
  • making recommendations to management for possible improvement, and
  • effectively communicating with operating room personnel and others.

Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) Certification

Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification is designed to recognize entry level and existing technicians who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide competent services as a central service technician.

CRCSTs are integral members of the healthcare team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a health care facility that are essential for patient safety.

To earn CRCST certification, candidates are required to successfully demonstrate skills through the completion of hands-on work experience as well as the successful completion of an examination developed to measure the understanding of general central service and infection prevention topics. CRCST certificants are required to recertify annually through the completion of continuing education requirements.

Application and Hands-On Experience Requirements

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