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CST 103 - Inventory Management for Central Service

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Central Service Technician Program
Co-requisites: SUR 110  or Employed Central Service Technician

This course is a central service certification preparatory course. The student is introduced to the expanding role of the Central Service Technician as it relates to all areas of the institution. This course includes an introduction to the anatomical systems and medical terminology as they relate to hospital equipment. Theory includes basic anatomy and the corresponding equipment, inventory management and distribution, risk management, reusable versus disposable products, inventory control, purchasing, off-site warehousing and regulatory agencies. There is a review of all aspects of central service including sterilization, disinfection, packaging, instrumentation, human relationship skills and teamwork. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. List two government agencies that regulate the activities of the Central Service Department.
  2. Differentiate between quality control and quality assurance.
  3. Define continuous quality improvement (CQI).
  4. Identify the six types of distribution systems utilized in Central Service Departments and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  5. List four principal types of inventory control systems.
  6. Explain the purpose of tracking patient equipment.
  7. List one advantage and disadvantage of the case cart system as utilized in the operating room.
  8. Define the role of the central service technician in preventive maintenance of patient care equipment.
  9. Identify the key steps in reporting accidents and personal or patient injuries.
  10. Identify time and temperature ratios for all forms of sterilization.

 Listed Topics

  1. Anatomy, physiology and related medical terminology
  2. Equipment management
  3. Purchasing and distribution
  4. Communication
  5. Current trends in central service
  6. Certification review
Reference Materials
Selected textbooks, references and electronic media will be used.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/10/2020

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