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1-2 Credit Hours

Cleaning and Decontamination

Water Quality for Processing Medical Devices - Study Guide

It is important for any department that reprocesses and utilizes medical instrumentation and devices to be able to identify potential problems with water quality and initiate the measures necessary to ensure safety for patients and instrumentation. Ensuring the recommended water quality for the processing of medical devices requires collaboration and communication between processing staff and those who establish and maintain the water treatment program.

Learning Objectives:

•           Identify the types and causes of instrument damage from water impurities that can impact patient outcomes

•           Name the levels of water quality necessary for specific steps in device cleaning, rinsing, high level disinfection, and steam sterilization

•           Describe the types of water treatment systems used in device processing


  • (1021)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Robotics - A New Age Procedure with Old Age Processing Challenges - Webinar

    Robotic-assisted surgeries ushered in a new age of patient care with promises of increased surgeon dexterity, reduce stays, and lower surgeon strain. This new-age equipment suffered an old age problem, tough cleaning. Join Chasity and Tamara as they discuss the challenges and solutions for cleaning robotic-assisted surgery devices in your sterile processing department (SPD).

    Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

    • Identify the current trends of robotic surgery and its impact on sterile processing
    • Evaluate risks in the processing of robotic surgical instruments
    • Establish optimal processing of robotic surgical instruments

  • (815)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    The Science, Equipment, and Methods of Cleaning - Webinar

    Safe medical instrumentation starts with effective cleaning. Learn the secrets to manual and automated cleaning of reusable medical devices.

    Objectives:

    • Define clean
    • List 4 factors that influence cleaning efficacy
    • Describe the methods and equipment used to clean medical devices


  • (1199)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Look Behind the Curtain of Chemistry Performance - Webinar

    Walking down the shampoo aisle and knowing the difference between each kind can be confusing. Some promote curls, others straighten – but in a way, they all look the same. Cleaning chemistries for sterile processing can be equally confusing, but there’s more than just a bad hair day on the line when selecting a cleaning chemistry for medical devices. Join Nancy Kaiser, Director of Science and Technology as we peek behind the curtain of chemistry performance and reveal that there so much more to what’s inside the bottle than you may think. 

  • (967)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Containers - The Forgotten Medical Device - Webinar

    Rigid container systems allow easy assembly of medical devices, but did you know that they are considered medical devices too? Find what you may be missing when processing these critical devices in your department.

    Course Objectives:

    • List the standards for container reprocessing 
    • Define the reprocessing process of container systems
    • Identify critical inspection points and tools      

  • (1651)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Is it Clean? - Webinar

    This instrument looks clean but is it really? Join Tamara as she talks about hidden residual soils and the types of tests that can reveal them.

    Objectives:

    • List soils found on medical devices
    • Identify cleaning tests as defined in ANSI/AAMI ST79
    • Establish a quality program for cleaning verification 

  • (3430)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Introduction to ANSI/AAMI ST108 - Webinar

    Water is used to clean, disinfect, and sterilize millions of medical devices each day. Many assume that the water from the tap is clean enough for these critical applications. Discover how clean water should be and water’s dirty little secrets as Sr. Clinical Education Specialist, Chasity Seymour, and Clinical Education Specialist, Cody Troutt, introduce water quality and its application to medical device processing through the standard ANSI/AAMI ST108.

    Objectives:

    ·       Describe the scope of the ANSI/AAMI ST108 standard, Water for the processing of medical devices​

    ·       Describe the focus of each section within the standard​


  • (1965)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Point-of-Use Treatment: Where Successful Processing Begins - Webinar

    Point-of-Use treatment is the foundation for successful cleaning. New procedural demands and intricate medical device designs have driven the ever increasing complexity of Point-of-Use treatment.  

    Objectives:

    • List the impact of ineffective point-of-use treatment
    • Define the key practices to remove gross soil during Point of Use Treatment
    • Describe effective preparation techniques to ensure surface moisture retention and device protection at the Point of Use Treatment

  • (3691)
  • More than 2 Credit Hours

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Guide to Ultrasonic Cleaning - Study Guide

    Many of today’s complex instruments have difficult to clean crevices and lumens. Ultrasonic cleaning technologies supply the power needed to remove residual soils from these difficult-to-clean areas. Correctly performing ultrasonic cleaning requires a knowledge of the equipment, cleaning chemistries, and techniques to maximize cavitation and effectively remove soils.

    Course Objectives:

    • Describe how ultrasonic cleaning works
    • List factors that hinder or help ultrasonic cleaning
    • Define safety considerations when operating ultrasonic cleaners

  • (9506)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Critical Contact Points between OR and SPD - Point of Use - Webinar

    The Operating Room and Sterile Processing departments have equally important roles for ensuring instruments are properly cared for.  While they work closely, the impact that each of their roles has on one another is not well communicated.  This one-hour webinar will detail the critical contact points and impact of each department with a specific focus on point of use care of surgical instruments. By discussing expectations, best practices, and identifying cross-departmental consequences of inadequate point of use care, learners will be able to implement successful changes at their facilities to improve SPD and OR point of use care of surgical instruments.  

    Objectives:

    • Identify cross-departmental consequences of SPD and OR actions at point of use
    • Discuss expectations, best practices, and identifying cross-departmental consequences of inadequate point of use care
    • Discuss critical communication touchpoints related to point of use instrument care for SPD and OR.
    • Describe best practices for SPD and OR that encourage success at the point of use.

  • (2796)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Manual Cleaning: Why? How? What if? - Webinar

    Proper brush selection is critical to the thorough and effective cleaning of your instruments.  This presentation will discuss the different brush materials available and their characteristics and will also explain topics such as antimicrobial properties of brushes, considerations when selecting a brush, differences between disposable & reusable brushes and cleaning and sterilization of brushes.  Attendees will also learn how to apply industry guidelines and discuss the risk of not following recommended practices and manufacturers IFUs when using brushes.

    Objectives:

    • Discuss the different brush materials available and their characteristics 

    • Explain antimicrobial properties of brushes 

    • Discuss the considerations when selecting a brush 

    • Explain the difference between disposable & reusable brushes 

    • Apply industry guidelines to all the above objectives 

    • Discuss the risk of not following recommended practices and manufacturer’s IFU when using brushes 


  • (3481)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    The Principles of Cleaning and Decontamination of Medical Devices - eLearning

    Cleaning and decontaminating medical devices is a complex, two-step process beginning with cleaning and ending with a microbiocidal step. Whether a large facility with a lot of automated equipment or a smaller one relying on manual processes, the goal of safe handling must be the same for all. Follow Max as he guides you through the principles of cleaning and decontamination of medical devices.

    Course Objectives:

    • Define Cleaning & Decontamination
    • Understand the different methods of cleaning and decontamination
    • Apply the principles behind each method
    • Relate various guidelines and recommended practices that play a support role in the decontamination process and why


  • (5250)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    An Introduction to Cleaning - Study Guide

    All reusable devices must be rendered safe for patient use by performing essential steps in the processing cycle. Cleaning is the most critical component in the process, but residual soil found on device surfaces continues to be a very serious problem. Despite their complexity or their use, reusable devices must be safely reprocessed before being used on another patient. 

    Course Objectives:

    • Define the importance of cleaning reusable devices in clinical practice.
    • Describe how cleaning is performed during the reprocessing cycle and how it can be tested.

  • (6498)
  • Less than 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Understanding Thermal Disinfection Using A0 - Webinar

    A0 ("A-Sub-Zero") is an expression of the time required to achieve a specified log reduction of microorganisms based on the temperature of the thermal disinfection cycle. This course will provide you with a basic understanding of thermal disinfection and answer the question "What is A0?".

    Course Objectives:

    • Define, and review the basic principles of A0 ("A-Sub-Zero")
    • Identify the differences and requirements for thermal disinfection in the United States and Europe.

  • (2782)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    The Importance of Surface Disinfection and Departmental Housekeeping - Webinar

    The road to cross-contamination is paved with surfaces. Healthcare surfaces become contaminated with microbes from patients, staff, visitors, and vendors. Some of these can have the ability to kill. Wipe out your surface microbial threat using standards, recommended practices and methods proven to be effective.

    Course Objectives:

    • Review established standards and recommended practice for surface disinfection
    • Discuss methods for appropriate departmental housekeeping based on standards

  • (3876)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    The Essentials of Instrument Decontamination - Study Guide

    Today, healthcare professionals responsible for instrument preparation and processing are often confronted with a variety of issues involving infection control and decontamination. Complex instrument designs, virulent pathogenic microorganisms, guideline compliance and ongoing educational needs are challenging processing personnel. By understanding infection transmission, the importance of thorough decontamination, and principles of infection control and processing practices, healthcare professionals can develop and implement policies and procedures that will minimize or prevent the spread of potentially infectious microorganisms.

    Course Objectives:

    • Describe the decontamination environment necessary to prevent disease transmission.
    • Review the critical steps of decontamination of reusable medical devices.

  • (8537)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Manual Cleaning of Instruments - Study Guide

    Manual cleaning is as complex as the medical devices. Getting manual cleaning right is a combination of right technique, right chemistries, and right tools. Walk through the steps of manual cleaning and, among other tips, you will discover the impact of point-of-use treatment, what makes a good cleaning chemistry, and how to prevent instrument damage. 

     Course Objectives:

    •  Describe the essential elements necessary to ensure optimal outcomes of manual cleaning.
    •  List the common causes of instrument deterioration/corrosion

  • (7763)
  • 1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Decontamination and Safe Handling of Reusable Devices - Webinar

    The complexity of reusable device decontamination is a deciding factor in patient outcomes. From the smallest action of hand washing to the complex process of sterilization, every step must be completed correctly. Join Michele as she highlights many of the critical and complex processes of decontamination and safe handling of reusable devices.    


    Objectives:

    • Define the critical aspects and steps of decontamination of reusable medical devices
    • Describe the AAMI and OSHA recommendations for the decontamination area focusing on employee safety

  • (3828)