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What are the Requirements for Training a Scrub Tech?



I work in a small hospital in a rural setting. As you can imagine, we have staffing issues. Currently we use scrub techs, but we have a very bright young lady in our department cleaning rooms and scopes, who we think is trainable. Short of completing a scrub tech course is there any way we can train her to scrub? We are located in the state of Florida. Thank you very much for your help.

-Leigh Ann Collier, RN
Nurse manager
HCA Raulerson Hospital
Okeechobee, Fla.


I first want to ensure that I understand your question; you are asking if there are any special requirements for personnel reprocessing flexible endoscopes. If this is your question, here is the answer. Some states require certification of personnel involved in reprocessing of medical devices. Our experience indicates that Florida does not require certification of personnel responsible for reprocessing flexible endoscopes. Anyone with proper training is able to reprocess flexible endoscopes.

Olympus has several training tools available to assist facilities in training personnel. These tools include wall charts and training videos with step-by-step instructions. These training aids are available free-of-charge at the following Web site:

The wall charts and videos may be viewed online or may be ordered at no charge and shipped directly to your facility. To obtain copies of the videos or wall charts, please fill out the request forms located on the right side of the page. The videos provide a general background on endoscope reprocessing as well as step-by-step instructions. In addition, Olympus Endoscopy Support Specialists provide on-site training for Olympus customers.

If you are interested in receiving on-site training, please contact your local Olympus sales representative. I hope that this answers your question.

-Bradley Catalone, PhD, MBA Director of research Olympus America, Inc.

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