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MA Central Processing Bill Moves Out of Public Health Committee

Publish Date: December 1, 2015

Massachusetts Senate bill 1155, which would require certification and continuing education for central service technicians working in Massachusetts hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Public Health to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on November 25, 2015. 

Testimony during the Joint Committee on Public Health hearing in September focused on the importance of properly understanding how to clean the thousands of instruments central service technicians process each day.

Perioperative registered nurses rely on central service technicians to ensure that instrumentation and equipment used in medical and surgical procedures are properly cleaned, disinfected, inspected, and sterilized prior to patient use.

AORN wrote a letter supporting Senate bill 1155 earlier this year and will continue to monitor and report on the progress of Senate bill 1155.