Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Sterile Processing Service Achieves 100% Cert
The Providence VA Medical Center set a goal to demonstrate our commitment to excellence by having all Sterile Processing Service (SPS) staff certified in sterile processing. Certification means that SPS staff have the knowledge, skills, and training to provide consistent, reliable, and quality-focused service. It means that SPS staff are keeping up with the rapid pace of technological advances in health care, the complex equipment they work with, as well as increased demands of their many customers. Being certified also means recognizing one’s obligation to be well-informed about the latest technology, industry standards, and processing practices. At the Providence VAMC, all eight SPS staff have reached this noteworthy plateau—100% of SPS staff are now certified in sterile Processing. They are:
Certification for SPS staff is optional, and the examination is a rigorous one that covers such topics as anatomy and physiology, regulations and standards, safety; complex surgical instrumentation, quality assurance, infection control and many others. Successful completion of the certifying exam leads to the designation of Certified Registered Medical Supply Technician (CRMST). In order to maintain the certification, the CRMST must complete at least 12 sterile processing continuing education units (CEUs) per year.
VHA strives for excellence in delivering the highest quality, patient centered, evidence based care to Veterans. Nowhere are the VHA’s core values, I CARE, more evident than with the Sterile Processing Service staff! Congratulations on a job well done!