Sterile Processing Technicians Achieve Certification
Recipients demonstrate heightened levels of knowledge and expertise
February 23, 2011
From left: Joyce Parker and Tammy Shardlow
Two sterile processing technicians at Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) recently received notification from the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution that they have successfully completed criteria for certification as a sterile processing and distribution technician.
The recipients, Tammy Shardlow and Joyce Parker, said that they studied and prepared for the 125-question certification exam for months by reading a textbook and its accompanying training manual by the Sterile Processing University.
Hospital sterile processing/central service technicians are specialists in sterilization practices and procedures that support the medical profession by decontaminating hospital equipment and instrumentation, reprocessing instruments for sterilization, and properly handling sterile storage.
The purpose of the certification is to recognize those individuals in the sterile processing profession who have achieved and demonstrated a heightened level of knowledge and expertise. To maintain certification, the exam must be successfully passed every five years.
“Tammy and Joyce’s certifications validate their excellence in the sterile processing field and their desire to continue to learn as new technologies arise,” said Rebecca Wood, FMH director of surgical services. “Moreover, it demonstrates to our patients that safe, effective, and consistent levels of sterilization practice and procedures are followed.”
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