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1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

Steam Sterilization

Understanding Steam Sterilization - Study Guide

Successful steam sterilization provides one final outcome; a medical device that is safe for patient contact. This study guide will review Steam Sterilization and help you to understand the theory of steam sterilization, types of steam sterilization cycles and recommended monitoring, components and operation of the sterilizer, and causes leading to sterilization failures.

Course Objectives: 

  • Understand the importance of proper set design and packaging selection to improve steam penetration and air removal.
  • Understand the differences between gravity, immediate use, prevacuum, and steam flush pressure pulse (SFPP) cycles.
  • Discuss the importance of good steam quality.
  • Understand the three components of effective steam sterilization are: a properly constructed and functional steam delivery system, proper sterilizer function, and properly designed and packaged steam loads.

  • (4108)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Steam Sterilization

    The Hot Issues of Immediate - Use Steam Sterilization - Study Guide

    I cringed as my child brushed off the strawberry she’d dropped on the floor just before popping it in her mouth. No adult would consider “brushing-off” as the right way to clean that strawberry. Yet, in healthcare, many may think rinsing a dirty instrument in running tap water is okay for IUSS processing. Successful IUSS requires all the same steps and care of terminal steam sterilization preparation. Learn the right way to IUSS including cycle parameters, application, instrument handling and preparation, process monitoring and cycle documentation.

    Course Objectives: 

    • Describe critical issues when performing sterilization of items using the immediate-use steam method 
    • Review immediate-use steam sterilization monitoring

  • (2850)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Steam Sterilization

    The Eyes Have It! Ophthalmic Instrument Reprocessing and Understanding Short Cycles

    Eye surgery is fast-paced. Instrument reprocessing must be faster. How will the changes in eye instrument reprocessing affect your turnaround time? Join Arthur and Delores as they share the latest changes in eye instrument reprocessing and its potential effects on you.


    • List 3 processing differences between eye and other surgical instruments
    • Identify when short cycle steam sterilization is appropriate
    • Create a plan to avoid common pitfalls of eye instrument processing

  • (1721)
  • Less than 1 Credit Hour

    Steam Sterilization

    The Basics of Clean Steam

    Steam is just steam, right? To a certain extent, this is true. All types of steam give effective sterilization. But steam carries more than hot water.  Having the right type of steam can prolong instrument life, reduce maintenance costs, and save your department money. Choose the steam type that works best for you.

    Course Objectives:

    • Describe what is currently driving Clean Steam initiatives in healthcare
    • Define and explain the different types of steam available for healthcare sterile processing
    • Understand water quality and water treatment options related to steam
    • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of Clean Steam"

  • (2349)
  • Less than 1 Credit Hour

    Steam Sterilization

    Best Practices in Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization - Webinar

    Emergency situations require quick actions done right to prevent further harm. Immediate use steam sterilization is no different. An emergency dictates a fast sterilization cycle for immediate use of the instrument in that case. Incorrect cleaning, rinsing or IUSS sterilization exposes the patient to potential harm. Learn what steps, processes and policies needed to safely manage IUSS. 

    Course Objectives: 

    •  Discuss appropriate handling of instruments sterilized for Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization
    •  Describe recommended monitoring and record keeping

  • (1703)