What Types of Skills Should Sterile Processing Technicians Possess?
Sterile Processing jobs require workers to be experts in the sterilization of tools and devices. One part of that is knowing how to operate various decontamination equipment and in what order. There are many steps to this process, though a few common methods include:
Manually clean the tool by hand if possiblePlace the tool in an ultrasonic cleaner for heavy-duty sterilizationInsert the tool in a washer/disinfector for a final round of cleaningSecurely package the tool in a sterile containerReturn the tool to the operating room or place it in sterile storage for later use
Employees must also know how to properly wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful bacteria. Some germs can spread easily through the air, while others live on surfaces for days at a time. Using the proper face masks and shields, scrubs, goggles and gloves is essential when handling surgical tools before and after sanitization. PPE is also regularly cleaned through the sterilization process to ensure a consistent, bacteria-free operation.