Since graduating from the Sterile Processing Certificate program (which has since been renamed Medical Device Reprocessing Certificate) in 2006, Christina Fast became an International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) certificated educator and began teaching internationally trained health care workers, unable to be licensed in Canada, how to sterilize surgical instruments.
In 2011 she volunteered to work as a sterile processor on the Africa Mercy ship, stationed in Sierra Leone. Not only did she improve sterile processing practices on the ship and ran education sessions in the evenings to ensure staff were appropriately trained, but she also visited local hospitals. Finding no organization that worked to address the obvious need for proper sterilization, Fast founded SPECT, a Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust.
Over the last eight years, SPECT has worked with staff from more than 100 hospitals and 60 clinics in African Nations. Fast has educated and mentored over 500 workers as well as advocated with local and national governments to address standards to improve sterile processing.
I would have never dreamt that a sterile processing certificate would lead me to starting a charitable organization that has now gone on to impact thousands of lives in 14 low-income countries. I'm so proud to have begun this rewarding career at Okanagan College.
Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Certificate
Learn the necessary skills and procedures to proficiently reprocess medical devices. This course covers elements of decontamination, preparation, assembly, sterilization, storage and distribution of instruments and medical devices.
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