Connecticut requires CS Technician Certification
In a trend that is gaining momentum, Connecticut is now the third state to require Central Service Technicians be certified in their field. New Jersey and New York have already enacted similar legislation. The move is representative of the critical role of Central Services when it comes to patient safety. The bill, Public Act 15-11, takes effect January 1st 2016.
Public Act 15-11 stipulates that new Central Service Technicians hired after January 1st, 2016 must be certified within 2 years of their date of hire. Individuals working as CS technicians prior to January 1st 2016 are grandfathered in and will not have to be certified. Additionally all CS technicians, grandfathered and newly hired after January 1st 2016, will be required to complete 10 continuing education credits annually.
IAHCSMM, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management, is a vocal supporter of state level certification requirements for Central Service Technicians. David Jagrosse, President of IAHCSMM made the following statement “ CS professionals have a direct impact on the quality of care delivered within the hospital, and this latest legislative win in Connecticut will help set the stage for many more states to require certification of their CS Technicians. It’s our goal to achieve legislative success in all 50 states.”
Central Service departments, or Sterile Processing Departments, have been under scrutiny recently due to hospital acquired infections caused by poorly cleaned endoscopes and duodenoscopes. As recently as May, 2015 an FDA Committee recommended sterilization of such scopes, as opposed to High Level Disinfection.
Williamson, J. (2015, July) Connecticut CS technician certification bill signed into law. Healthcare Purchasing News, 30.