Reducing the risk of infections is of paramount importance in the healthcare industry, both for patients and employees. For surgical equipment, diligence must be taken by Sterile Processing Department (SPD) technicians in proper care, handling and reprocessing.
When a facility’s employees are SPD-certified, it helps to ensure that the SPD technicians are properly educated on sterile processing techniques and best-demonstrated industry practice.
There are two boards through which healthcare workers can certify as a SPD technician. These are the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) and the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD).
Why Healthcare Workers Need Proper Training
While most states do not require any type of certification for individuals who decontaminate and sterilize surgical instrumentation, it is imperative that the correct process is performed. Adequate training combined with active SPD certification helps reinforce the importance of adherence to the facility’s reprocessing procedures.
Healthcare facilities must meet strict guidelines when it comes to sterilization and cleanliness. When employees are properly trained and certified, a facility is better able to serve its patients and provide the best care possible.
Who Should Be Certified?
It is important that anyone who reprocesses surgical instrumentation have training when it comes to best practices. Technicians and managers alike should not only have access to training, but also be required to be SPD certified. Active and mandatory certification solidifies individual knowledge base and reinforces the granular details within each process.
While technicians typically perform instrument reprocessing, it is imperative that their supervisors and members of management know what to look for when they evaluate their work performance. Working knowledge and adherence to best demonstrated practice is of paramount importance.
SPD Certification offers several benefits. First, it validates the employee education base within a facility’s SPD and provides a solid foundation from which to build training processes. Secondly, certification offers sound motivation for technicians to receive updated recommendation and research through stringent continuing education requirements. Lastly, it validates an understanding of protocol adherence and reinforces best practices surrounding surgical instrument reprocessing.
PREZIO Health provides training and certification preparation to sterile processing professionals. Learning opportunities range from on-site workshops to online classes and are offered across the United States to help prepare students for the important job they will perform.
With more than 30 years’ of experience, the instructors at PREZIO Health understand the importance of proper sterilization processes and how SPD certification offers a wide variety of benefits for facilities, employees and patients alike.