Introduction To Central Processing
This sterile processing technician course would teach the students the importance of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Management or IAHCSMM. In addition, they will learn the workflow processes and the definition of medical terms. In this introductory course, the students will have a basic knowledge of the Medical Central Processing Industry. Students will be explained the basics of distillation, deionization, and reverse osmosis water purification systems, identify common cleaning chemicals, and review basic protocols for their use and note the importance of bushes, cloths, and sponges in an effective cleaning process.
Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will learn to review the structure, function, activities, and role of cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. They will identify and describe each major body system’s structure and roles and indicate standard surgical procedures that involve each system. Students will be able to define the term microbiology and understand why central service technicians must know about it. They will be able to describe how microorganisms infect and transmit between persons and places. Finally, they will review basic procedures to control and kill microorganisms to prevent transmission of infection.
Infection Prevention & Cleaning Tools
Students will explain the role of central service technicians in a healthcare facility’s infection prevention and control efforts. They will discuss personal hygiene and personal protective equipment precautions that enable central service technicians to protect patients and themselves. They will define the term, standard precautions, and review the role of preventing infectious organisms’ transmission. They will list critical elements in the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard published by OSHA and describe fundamental environmental concerns as designated Central Service work areas. They will learn the importance of using pure water.
Decontamination, Prep, And Transport
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will review the three priority goals of soiled item transport and identify the sources of contaminated items. Next, they will explain the use of preparation procedures. Next, they will review basic procedures for transporting soiled items from user areas of the central service decontamination area. Finally, they will discuss safety guidelines for transporting soiled items to the central service decontamination area. Learn to provide essential sources for education and training information applicable to the transport of contaminated items and discuss the selection of a disinfectant.
Sterile Instrument Packaging Storage
This course would discuss the surgical instruments related to the central processing industry, including the manufacture of surgical instruments. The primary categories of surgical instruments are based on their functions and identify the inspection points, anatomy (features), and procedures to measure different tools. Students will explain the primary objectives of the packaging process and review essential selection factors for specific sterilization methods; provide an overview of reusable packaging materials and disposable packaging materials. This course would also teach basic package closure methods and pack contents.
Communication And Services
This course will explain the need for central service technicians to utilize effective communication and human relations skills. It will help define professionalism, list professional central service technicians’ traits, describe their fundamental beliefs and behaviors and use basic tactics of effective communication in the workplace. In addition, this course will make the students practice procedures to enhance and maintain effective working relationships. Sterile processing technician training will encompass all these aspects of work in the medical field as effective communication is key to saving lives as much as sterilization techniques.