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1 Credit Hour100 (Beginner)

Cleaning and Decontamination

Look Behind the Curtain of Chemistry Performance

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. 

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  • More than 2 Credit Hours

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Guide to Ultrasonic Cleaning

    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
  • (339)
  • Less than 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Containers: The Forgotten Medical Device

    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         

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  • Less than 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
  • (1700)
  • Less than 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.

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  • 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    The Importance of Surface Disinfection and Departmental Housekeeping

    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

  • (805)
  • Less than 1 Credit Hour

    Cleaning and Decontamination

    Understanding Thermal Disinfection Using A0
    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.
  • (350)
  • 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.

  • (1013)
  • 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

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