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The Surgery Department at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center is eager to announce the achievement of technician, Deanna Hutchison, CRCST who recently became a Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician (CRCST).

The CRCST certification program is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide competent services as a central service technician. CRCST's are integral members of the healthcare team who are responsible for decontaminating, inspecting, assembling, disassembling, packaging, and sterilizing reusable surgical instruments or devices in a health care facility. The work done by CRCST's is essential for patient safety.

To earn this certification, Hutchison was required to successfully demonstrate skills through completion of 400 hours of hands-on work experience in a Central Sterile Department, as well as successful completion of an examination comprised of 150 questions for which she traveled to Spokane, WA. These requirements were developed to measure the understanding of general central services and infection prevention topics. Additionally Hutchison will be required to recertify annually through completion of continuing education requirements.

When asked about the training course, Hutchison reflected, "Studying for this course has taught me the very best ways to clean and sterilize equipment and instruments, as well as how they are used. It has broadened my knowledge of instrumentation in surgery and other departments at CPMC."

Hutchison continued, "This achievement has given me great joy, while also increasing my comfort and confidence within my profession. I am grateful to CPMC for making this possible and to my surgery department manager, Sandy Morse. CPMC is very supportive and encourages their employees in continuing their education; I'm proud to be a part of such an incredible facility."

Sandy Morse, RN and Manager of the CPMC Surgery Department is proud of Hutchison. "Deanna has worked hard for the past year to study and receive this certification. Our entire department is proud of her hard work and dedication to her craft."

For more information about Cabinet Peaks Medical Center's Central Sterile or Surgery Departments, please call 283-7000.