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Leadership & Management

Air Management - What Does It Mean to SPD?

Are you positive about your positive pressure rooms? Join Lisa Huber BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL, ACE, FCS, CQIA (Clinical Education Specialist – Midwest Region with STERIS) as she reviews the equipment, processes, and guidelines needed to control the air pressure in your Sterile Processing Department.

Course Objectives:

  • Match air pressure requirements to facility rooms
  • Identify the components within the air management system
  • List ways to manage air pressure within SPD

  • (27)
  • Less than 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    A Systematic Approach to Replace Hospital Ethylene Oxide Study Guide

    Moving away from ethylene oxide sterilization in sterile processing may seem complicated and overwhelming. Choosing a different process, confirming devices can be sterilized, safety, training, installation, and quality assurance are just a few considerations. How should a department supervisor move forward with the change? Using a systematic approach to evaluate options and manage the change process can simplify and ease the switch.

    Course Objectives: 

    • Identify important considerations when evaluating a new low temperature sterilization process 
    • Prepare for implementation of a low temperature sterilization process

  • (39)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    What's Happening in the Market: Survey Audits in 2021

    In this free CE webinar we discuss survey changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify frequently cited device processing & HLD findings and how you can avoid them.

    Course Objectives:

    • Learn how CMS, TJC, DNV and HFAP have been approaching onsite and remote accreditation surveys through 2020 and into 2021
    • Identify the current plan to resume on-site surveys in 2021, and what to expect
    • List frequently cited sterile processing and high-level disinfection findings that have been called out before, and how to avoid them
  • (33)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    Collaboration Learning: Social Media - Friend or Foe of the Healthcare System

    Join Pamela for a free CE webinar to learn training and education techniques and how technology can help you develop a successful learning program. 

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify historical training and education techniques
    • Understand how new technology can assist in ongoing education and learning
    • Identify challenges moving into a more technology-based learning platform
    • Identify tips on how to navigate and develop a successful learning program in the social media age
  • (32)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    Sterilization Failures: How They Fit Into Your QMS Program

    Why wait for a sterilization failure to happen to improve sterilization processes? Quality management systems (QMS) provides proven methods to find and treat potential problems and sterilization failure. This program will show how sterilization failures fit into your department’s QMS.

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify sterilization failures
    • Identify preventive actions to prevent sterilization failures
    • Identify how sterilization failures fit into the departmental Quality Management System (QMS) program
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  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    The WHY behind WHAT we do: A Focus on Quality in SPD

    Seeing a tidal wave of case carts. Listening to complaints from the OR. Rushing to process devices. It’s easy to forget the real reason sterile processing exists: The Patient. Join Karen Owens Director of Clinical Education with STERIS, as we celebrate SPD week and are reminded of the WHY behind WHAT we do and how sterile processing makes a difference to the Patient.


    Objectives for this course are:

    • Identify the “why” behind the role of sterile processing in patient care
    • Discuss key practices that help sterile processing provide quality products to customers
    • Explain the direct connection between quality processes in sterile processing and excellent patient outcomes
  • (46)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    Robotics - A New Age Procedure with Old Age Processing Challenges

    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
  • (30)
  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    Keeping Your House Clean - Sprucing Up Your Instrument Tracking Database

    Are you interested in cutting the clutter and tidying up your sterile processing tracking system or instrument and set database? Profit from the benefits of a well-managed, clean database. Route out redundancies, inaccuracies, and other data fallacies with reports that make it easy. Include everyday management techniques to keep it clean.

    Course Objectives: 

    • Understand the attributes of a clean database
    • Identify the four rules of master database management
    • Recognize the types of reports that are most helpful for data clean

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  • Less than 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    Loaner Instrument Tray Management: A Shared Responsibility

    The use of loaned instrumentation varies by each facility, but these days everyone uses loaned trays of some sort, at some time. Proper management and processing of these instruments is critical to patient safety.

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify the impact on patient safety when loaner trays are mismanaged and improperly reprocessed.
    • Discuss IAHCSMM’s loaner policy and documents available to support implementing a structured process.
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  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    The Challenge of Prion Decontamination

    Prions are the protein-based, transmissible causative agents of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (or prion diseases). Prion diseases present a unique risk because although they are not considered contagious they can be transmitted between patients via tissues and reusable medical device surfaces because prions are highly resistant to decontamination. Understanding these diseases is important in the development of facility policies to reduce patient and staff risks. Therefore, it is imperative the Sterile Processing Department (SPD), Operating Room and other department’s supporting clinical and surgical interventions understand these diseases when developing policy and procedures for the use and reprocessing of medical devices.

    Course Objectives:

    • Introduction to the prions and prion diseases
    • Explain the risks associated with prion decontamination
    • Review what steps a facility should take to review the risk of prion transmission on reusable devices"

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  • 1 Credit Hour

    Leadership & Management

    Water Quality for Reprocessing Medical Devices - Study Guide

    What’s in your water could be hurting patients. Poor quality water can damage devices, decrease cleaning efficacy, and interfere with disinfection and sterilization. Water may harbor bacteria or endotoxins that can have deadly consequences. Finding water quality issues and starting measures to correct them is a collaborative effort between sterile processing staff and those that maintain the water quality. Learn what makes good quality water and how to implement it for the processing of medical devices.

    Course Objectives:

    • Identify types and causes of damage to device surfaces that can impact patient outcomes.
    • Name the levels of water quality necessary for specific steps in device cleaning, rinsing and steam sterilization.
    • Describe the types of water treatment systems used in device reprocessing.
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