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Massachusetts Central Service Bill Heard in Committee

Publish Date: September 29, 2015

On September 17, 2015, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health heard testimony on Senate bill 1155, a bill that would require certification and continuing education for central service technicians working in Massachusetts hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Josephine Colacci, Government Affairs Director for IAHCSMM, and several IAHCSMM members testified in support of S.1155, which has 49 co-sponsors. Much of the testimony 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.

Danielle Glover, AORN Government Affairs Manager, attended the hearing in Boston but did not testify. However, because AORN is supportive of efforts to enact legislation to require certification and minimum continuing education standards for central service technicians, AORN wrote a letter supporting Senate bill 1155 in April.

AORN’s Government Affairs department will continue to monitor and report on the progress of Massachusetts Senate bill 1155.