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Adult sterile processing technician class changes lives

Albany Medical Center sterile processing technician went from working an assembly line to being a medical professional


Kishor Madani is not too shy to say what Capital Region BOCES has done for him: "BOCES changed my life 100 percent."

The 2015 graduate of BOCES' second adult Sterile Processing Technician class went from working on an assembly line and driving cars to working in the exciting and ever-changing world of hospital surgeries.

"This is a good career and I only have it because of Capital Region BOCES," said Madani.

KishorMadani works as a sterile processing technician at Albany Medical Center, a career that would not be possible without the new adult education program at BOCES. He was one of 18 students to take the class and later the national certification required to work as a technician.

Madani and his fellow technicians are on the front lines in the war against germs and are essential in keeping healthcare environments safe for patients. They decontaminate, inspect, package and sterilize equipment and devices used in the healthcare environment, ranging from the very complex medical devices to simple hand-held surgical instrumentation.

"Their work is essential in preventing hospital-borne illnesses and helping to ensure successful completion of medical procedures," said Paula Negri, principal of the health careers program at BOCES.

"I enjoy coming to work everyday. Every day I learn a lot about medical instruments that is very interesting and working in a hospital is very exciting," Madani said.

Sterile Processing Technicians work in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, medical laboratories, birth centers and other facilities where sterilized equipment is needed.

As part of the 16-week program offered by BOCES, Madani learned various infection control practices, decontamination and sterilization guidelines and protocols, microbiology, anatomy, medical terminology and surgical procedures, as well as management functions.

"BOCES gave me good training. After I completed the course, I took a test and Albany Med made me a sterile processing tech 1. In a couple of weeks, I am going to take some more tests and become a sterile processing tech 2. I couldn't have done this without Capital Region BOCES," Madani said.

"I will retire from this career because BOCES gave me good training," he added.

For information on the part-time Sterile Processing Technician program, click here.

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