Career Description

A sterile processing technician operates and maintains steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads and maintenance procedures performed. They clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization, record sterilizer test results, organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies, filing special requests as needed. They also examine equipment to detect leaks, worn or loose parts or other indications of disrepair.

Academic Requirements

CRCST certification is offered through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). To obtain either sterile processing certification, you must pass a written exam.

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