Sterile Processing Technicians perform and participate in decontamination, cleaning, assembling, packaging, scanning, sterilization, storage, and distribution of reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment. These Technicians play a critical role in preventing infection by sterilizing, cleaning, processing, assembling, storing, and distributing medical supplies. The central service department of a health care facility is the hub of all activity surrounding supplies and equipment needed for surgery and patient care. This class prepares you to sit for the Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) exam from the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).
Notice: Per City regulations, COVID-19 vaccination is still required for students (unless they have an approved exemption). Boosters are strongly encouraged. Vaccinated students attending a class that is more than 30 hours long, must upload their vaccine cards prior to course start date. Unvaccinated students with approved exemptions must continue to test every three days through June 30. Note that exemption applications need to be approved prior to the course start date. To get more information and see testing hours for each campus see:
Per City guidelines, masking will be strongly recommended but not mandatory. Wearing a high-quality mask such as KN95 or N95 mask, or double masking, is strongly encouraged. It is important to wear a mask that is well-fitted. For information on proper masking, including how to double mask, please read this guidance from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html.
- Functions of SPD
- Health and safety regulations, standards, and guidelines that apply to the processing of medical devices and instrumentation
- Anatomy and physiology relationship to work performed in SP department
- Basic factors in disease transmission
- Body’s defenses against infection and the factors that affect the body’s susceptibility to disease
- Distinguish between regulated medical waste and non-infectious waste
- Bloodborne pathogens and necessary precautions
- Standards for a quality decontamination process
- Appropriate dress code and the role of personal protective equipment (PPE) as it relates to OSHA regulations and employee safety and health
- Functions performed during chemical disinfection
- Procedures and the precautions that must be observed during the preparation and use of the variety of disinfecting agents used in the decontamination process
- Processes needed to effectively disassemble,clean, disinfect, inspect, reassemble, test, store, and distribute movable patient care equipment
Upon completion of this workshop participants will be familiar with:
- Instrumentation: Knowledge of surgical instruments and specialty devices
- Processing of surgical instrumentation: Decontamination, packaging, and sterilization of surgical instrumentation
- Processing of moveable patient equipment: Processing, cleaning, testing, assembly, and distribution of movable patient care equipment
- Storage and inventory: Storage, handling, and distribution of sterile surgical instrumentation and devices, as well as inventory control and cost recovery systems
- Medical terminology: Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, and microbiology
- Prevention Processes: Infection prevention, decontamination, and disinfection processes
Handouts provided by instructor.