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Senate Passes Grisanti Bill That Requires Certification and Education For Central Service Technician
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Senate Passes Grisanti Bill That Requires Certification and Education For Central Service Technician

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the New York State Senate has voted to pass Bill S.5155D that will improve the quality control procedures in hospitals throughout the State of New York.  This bill will require individuals who work in the supply of central services to hospitals to be certified and undergo continuing education. 

In most hospitals, central service technicians prepare, distribute and control the sterile and non-sterile items and equipment used in all areas of the hospital.  Central service personnel are responsible for decontamination, cleaning, processing, assembling, sterilization, storing and distributing medical devices and supplies used in patient care. They are primarily located in the operating room where their skills and accuracy can influence the successful outcome of a surgery.  A primary responsibility is cleaning and sterilizing surgical and diagnostic equipment and medical devices.  They also have a huge role in the proper handling of hazardous materials so that pathogens like Hepatitis, Herpes and HIV are not passed on to other staff and potentially patients.

 "It is great for the safety of every patient in a hospital that the Senate has passed this bill today.  The role of the central service technician is vital to all patient care in the healthcare facility.  In an effort to decrease incidents of infection, this bill will require continuing education in addition to initial certification for those who occupy this important role," said Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo).  "Quality Improvement in the hospital setting can make a huge difference in the length of stay, overall costs and health of the patient.  This is one step toward improving healthcare quality statewide."

A person shall not function as a central service technician in a healthcare facility unless they hold and maintain the certified registered credential administered by the international association of healthcare central service material management (IAHCSMM) or the certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential administered by the certification board for sterile processing and distribution (CBSPD).  A person who meets the criteria as a central service technician in a healthcare facility must annually complete ten hours of continuing education credits to remain qualified to function as a central service technician.  

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) has long been an outspoken advocate of state certification of central service technicians.

"Certification of central service technicianswill help drive positive patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs overall," says Josephine Colacci, JD, director of government affairs for IAHCSMM.  "I applaud Senator Grisanti and Assemblyman Bronson for their efforts in getting these bills passed.  In my career, I have worked with state legislators across the country and I have never seen more tenacity for this issue than exemplified by Senator Grisanti and Assemblyman Bronson."

New surgical instruments are being introduced regularly, which requires an advanced technical knowledge that only certification will provide, adds Steve Maley, CSPDM, CHL, president of the New York State Association of Central Service Professionals.  "Certification will keep technicians educated on standards-based instrument processing practices so these professionals can perform their jobs safely and effectively while keeping quality and patient safety at the forefront."

New Jersey is currently the sole state in the nation to require certification, but legislation has been introduced in Pennsylvania. Numerous other states are actively educating state-elected officials on the central service technicians' role.



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