Sterile processing technicians are being celebrated for their important role and commitment to patient safety during the annual National Healthcare Central Service/Sterile Processing Week, Oct. 9-15.

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management represents approximately 16,000 sterile processing technicians in the United States and abroad who facilitate the procurement, management and processing of surgical supplies and equipment.

Sterile processing technicians are responsible for processing surgical instruments, supplies and equipment. They provide support to patient-care services with their responsibilities encompassing cleaning and decontamination, sterilization, assembly, storage and distribution of surgical instruments needed for patient care.

They also perform daily testing on all sterilization equipment and routine biological monitoring of each load to ensure sterilization parameters are met.

If you or someone you love has undergone a surgical procedure, a sterile processing technician was directly responsible for the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used throughout your operation.

Please join us in honoring these dedicated central sterile supply department/sterile processing department professionals by celebrating National Healthcare Central Service/Sterile Processing Week Oct. 9-15.

Shami Lachney, CIS, CRCST

surgical technician

Baton Rouge