Title

Enacting Legislation in Colorado for Surgical Instrument Sterilization Technician Credentialing

Date of Award

6-1-2013

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Healthcare Leadership

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Healthcare Leadership

Advisor

Katherine Eyestone

Keywords

Colorado legislation Surgical Instrument Sterilization

Abstract

Currently, Colorado has a no state-level requirement for Surgical Instrument Sterilization Technicians (SIS Techs) to be credentialed in their profession. Most institutions and processing centers require credentialing, but not all. In cases where technicians are not required to be credentialed, the processing center itself is responsible for training staff with appropriate sterilization techniques. State-level requirements for credentialing would insist institutions hire staff successfully completed the training for a national certification examination. A legislative approach alleviates institutions' responsibility for training SIS Techs. To comply with the law, processing centers simply invest in industry standard training which is cost effective, assures all SIS Techs in Colorado utilize a defined skill set, and addresses the patient safety issues of subpar instrument sterilization.

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