Sterilising Technician Kaihangarau Whakahoromata
Sterilising technicians clean, sterilise and package surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen in a sterilisation unit.
The New Zealand Sterile Services Association recommends that sterilising technicians register with them.
- New Zealand Sterile Services Association website - information on sterilising technician registration
Sterilising technicians may do some or all of the following:
- clean and disassemble surgical equipment and instruments
- load, operate and empty washing and sterilising machines
- reassemble and repackage equipment and instruments for different operations
- ensure sterile instruments and equipment are clean and working properly, and are distributed to hospital surgical wards as ordered
- answer customer requests for information about the sterile service
- keep records of sterilised equipment.
Sterilising technicians need to have good hand-eye co-ordination.
Useful experience for sterilising technicians includes work in health administration or health services.
Sterilising technicians need to be able to:
- pay attention to detail
- follow instructions
- work as part of a team with other health professionals.
Sterilising technicians need to have knowledge of:
- sterilising techniques, and surgical equipment and instruments
- safe working practices including appropriate protective clothing.
- usually work rostered shifts and may work weekdays, nights and/or weekends
- work in the sterilising units of public and private hospitals and clinics.
No specific secondary education is required to enter this job, but health education, biology and maths to at least NCEA Level 3 are useful.
Sterilising technicians may progress to become team leaders or anaesthetic technicians.
Years Of Training2 years of training usually required.
To become a sterilising technician you need to:
- gain a position as a trainee sterilising technician
- study for a New Zealand Certificate in Sterilising Technology (Level 3) from Open Polytechnic. Most sterilising technicians study by correspondence while working and training on the job.