Medical instruments are used in hospitals, doctor offices, nursing homes and other medical facilities in the care and treatment of patients. These instruments come in contact with blood, bodily fluids and germs, which can easily transfer diseases and infections from one individual to another. To prevent this from happening, medical facilities must clean and disinfect each instrument before and after using it with a patient. This is often done by a staff member who has training and knowledge in proper, sanitary medical instrument cleaning.
Enroll in a course. Find a community college or technical school in your area that offers a course in cleaning and sanitizing medical instruments. Become a student in the class by filling out enrollment forms and paying the tuition and fees required to take the course. Ask the instructor or an adviser prior to the start of the course if there are any books or supplies you need to buy. Obtain any supplies needed from the campus bookstore or an off-campus retailer or medical supplier.
Show up ready for class. Wear a scrub uniform or clean clothes to class since you don’t want to transfer any dirt or debris from your clothes to the medical instruments. Tie your hair back to prevent stray or loose hairs from falling on the medical instruments. Bring along any books or supplies needed for the class. Arrive early to ensure you don’t miss the start of the class which may contain important information or announcements from the instructor.
Practice each task. Learn the names and uses of different types of medical instruments from simple hand tools to diagnostic and treatment machines. Watch your instructor demonstrate how to clean and sanitize each of the different types of medical instruments in your class. Follow the instructions and techniques provided by the instructor to clean the instruments yourself. Practice cleaning and preparing medical instruments several times until you are confident in your medical instrument cleaning skills.
Intern at a medical facility. Find a hospital, doctor’s office or other medical facility where you can gain practical experience cleaning medical instruments. Use your instructor as a reference to apply for an internship or practicum if an application is required. Show up when scheduled, maintain a good attitude and complete the work assigned to you during your internship to receive positive recommendations from your internship supervisor which you can use when applying for work cleaning medical instruments. Ask about jobs available with the facility at the end of your experience to learn if they can employ you to clean medical instruments.
Apply for jobs. List your internship or practicum experience on your resume, and ask your supervisor if it’s possible to use them as a reference when job searching. Complete applications and submit your resume to open positions in this niche. Network with doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to learn about unadvertised openings in medical instrument cleaning also. Have a successful interview with a company hiring for a medical instrument cleaner to secure a position and begin working in this field.