Sterile services technicians provide hospital wards and departments with the equipment and materials required for clean, hygienic procedures. Re-useable instruments from wards, clinics and operating theatres are collected, disinfected and checked to make sure they are clean and working properly. Sterile supplies are delivered by trolley, to wards and departments. Sterile services Technicians assemble instruments and supply items such as dressings, needles and syringes in packs or on trays, following standardised procedures. They seal and label the packs or trays, which are then sterilised in steam using machines called autoclaves. Specialised equipment is used to decontaminate or disinfect large items of medical equipment. Most sterile services technicians work at major National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in all parts of the UK. Some work in private hospitals. Others work in health centres and dental practices.
At present, around 20,000 people work in decontamination services. Vacancies are advertised in the local press, on the NHS jobs website and through Jobcentre Plus offices. Sterile services Technicians work in teams. They are responsible to the manager of the sterile services department (sometimes known as the decontamination service) and are an integral part of the healthcare team. Sterile services technicians generally work 37 hours a week. In larger departments, staff provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which means technicians may be involved in shift work. Part-time work is possible. Departments may be located within hospitals or off-site and may be run by hospital management or by commercial providers. Sterile services Technicians can progress in to assistant management and then service management posts. This sterile services technician course covers areas like infection prevention and control, containment and transportation of reusable medical devices, cleaning and disinfection of equipment, inspection, function testing, assembly and packaging, sterilisation, storage and distribution of equipment.
Unit 2 Cleaning and Packaging
Unit 3 Sterilization
Unit 4 Quality Management in Sterilizing Services
Unit 5 Thermal and Chemical Disinfection
Who is this course for?
This course would suit for someone who want to work as a sterile services technician in NHS or other health sectors.
There are No entry requirements. No background training or qualifications are required. Anyone can enrol at any time, beginners, intermediates and experienced all year round.
This course will help students to pursue a career in sterile services of healthcare
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