Sterilization Processing Distribution Technician

School: SoCal ROC
Course ID: SPDT1
Availability: Call 310-224-4200

What does an SPD do?

SPD Technicians have the responsibility of sterile processing medical instruments and tools and stocking the surgical departments with supplies and surgical equipment necessary for complex surgeries. SPDs are part of a strategic team with the prevention of the spread of viruses, bacteria, and contaminants present in surgical equipment, surgery rooms, and in and around health care facilities. SPDs also have a role and responsibility to assist with direct patient care.

Instructional topics include:

  1. Sterile Processing Distribution for inpatient and outpatient facilities such as hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, dental offices, and outpatient care centers.
  2. SPDs learn about and the difference in medical devices used in the operating rooms and throughout healthcare facilities, as the devices become more complex, the methods required to reprocess them become more complex.
  3. SPDs will learn the responsibilities of sterile processing of medical instruments and tools, stocking the surgical departments, supplies necessary for complex surgeries, and equipment within operating areas.
  4. SPDs learn about contagious infections and diseases present in a health care facility and learn about the prevention of the spread of viruses and contamination of germs and bacteria.
  5. SPDs learn about Personal Protective Equipment and its purpose.
  6. SPD Vocabulary and Terminology
  7. BLS certification
  8. Leadership skills.
  9. Students must be 18 years old by the end of the class to take the California State CRCST Exam and start a 400-hour mandatory externship at a local hospital.


Advanced Patient Care



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