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1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

Sterility Assurance

Indicators, Disinfection and Sterilization - Study Guide

Disinfection and sterilization are critical steps that make medical devices safe for use. It is not enough to expose medical devices to these processes. Quality control through the use of physical monitors, chemical indicators (CIs), biological indicators (BIs), spore test strips and solution test strips is a necessary part of safe disinfection and sterilization. Uncover the differences in these processes and the quality assurance tests types that go with them.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the difference between disinfection and sterilization.
  • Identify different quality control monitors available for high-level disinfection and sterilization.

  • (3168)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Sterility Assurance

    Navigating the Challenges of Extended Cycles

    Extended steam sterilization cycles can create a unique challenge for Sterile Processing Managers. From conflicting instructions for use (IFUs) to proper biological monitoring, discover the unique challenges and possible solutions that come with extended cycles today.

    Course Objectives:

    • List key challenges created by extended steam sterilization cycles
    • Create policies and procedures for extended steam sterilization cycles
    • Identify the facts of a rapidly changing landscape for extended steam sterilization cycles

  • (1506)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Sterility Assurance

    Introduction to Chemical Indicators
  • (1538)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Sterility Assurance

    Biological Indicators: How Do BIs Work?

    Biological indicators have been used for many years by healthcare facilities. They provide a level of confidence in the sterilization process. However, this is not the only reason biological indicators are used. This 2-part interactive eLearning course will begin with reviewing the basics on BIs including why they are used, and the standards developed to support their use. In the second part of this course we will discuss how BIs actually work..

    Course Objectives: 
    Part 1: Intro to Bis
    • List reasons why healthcare facilities use Biological Indicators (BIs)
    • Identify the nationally recognized organizations that set policies or recommendations on use of BIs within healthcare facilities
    • Identify how BIs function
    • Explain the design of BIs
    • Explain the difference between enzyme detection and spore growth
    Part 2: How Do BIs Work
    • Define sterilization
    • Explain the importance of steam in steam sterilization
    • Define Sterility Assurance Level (SAL) and how it relates to log reduction
    • Explain the phases of sterilization and interpret a cycle graph
    • Identify what occurs to the bacterial spores within a Biological Indicator during the phases of sterilization
    • Identify the importance of a Chemical Indicator to ensure sterilization parameters have been met during a cycle

  • (1408)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Sterility Assurance

    Bowie Dick Test Packs Use and Design

    Did you know that poor steam quality makes Bowie-Dick Tests fail? Air removal tests like the Bowie and Dick Test, prove that a prevac steam sterilizer can get the air out. But that air comes from a lot of places. See how your specially designed Bowie Dick Test Pack is more than an air leak detector. 

    Course Objectives:

    • Articulate the history of Bowie Dick Testing in Healthcare
    • Classify the types of Bowie Dick Tests
    • List three considerations when selecting a Bowie Dick Test Pack

  • (1841)
  • 1-2 Credit Hours100 (Beginner)

    Sterility Assurance

    Steam Sterility Assurance Monitoring

    Are you using a Biological Indicator Challenge Pack to monitor your pre-vacuum immediate use steam sterilization (IUSS) cycles? You should be. Join Chasity as she reviews the latest in steam sterility assurance requirements and see where they fit into your quality assurance program.

    Course Objectives:

    • Discuss steam sterility assurance as a complete process
    • Assess current practices compared to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s guidelines for steam sterility assurance

  • (1818)