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Publish Date: November 30, 2016

Last November, the Joint Committee of Public Health favorably reported S.2070, which replaced S.1155, and referred it to the committee on Health Care Financing. S.2070 would require certification and continuing education for central service technicians working in Massachusetts hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. In May, the Health Care Financing committee reported favorably and referred the bill to the committee on Senate Rules. It was just in late October that the bill was passed by the Senate and referred to the House where it was ordered to a third reading. It is stalled in the House currently.

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 in 2015.

AORN will continue to monitor the progress of S.2070 and all central service technician certification efforts and provide updates to members as needed.