Sterile processing is a term used to describe the tasks by which medical devices used to deliver patient care are examined, disinfected, tracked, and reprocessed for future use by patients. It also includes an element of inventory control and purchasing to ensure cost containment of devices and supplies. The primary function is to support the surgical services department by helping to preventing infections and cross-contamination of patients via instrumentation and devices. The three phases of care involve the reprocessing of instruments and devices categorized as noncritical, semi critical, and critical items.
Surgical technologists are trained in sterile processing and must be able to assist the department in its goals. The regional shortage of surgical technologists has created a shortage of sterile processing assistance, ultimately leading to an increase in jobs posted for both surgical technologists and sterile processing technicians. .
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