Basics of Sterile Processing for Medical Offices Part 2: Prep, Sterilization, and Sterile Storage

Basics of Sterile Processing for Medical Offices Part 2:  Prep, Sterilization, and Sterile Storage

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course will discuss the prep area where clean decontaminated instruments are inspected, assembled into trays/sets and then wrapped or packaged for sterilization. The presenter will discuss the materials such as chemical indicators, tape, tip protectors, peel pouches, and sterile wraps as they relate to sterilization.  The presentation will identify how to assemble one-time use packaging of instruments as well as peel pouches and wrapped items. Finally, the sterilization process will be discussed.

Instructor: Rebecca Langston, CBSPDT, CSIS, CRMST

Target Audience: Nurses and all Clinical Staff who work with sterilization and decontamination of instruments

Learning Outcomes:  After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

•Discuss the  prep area including PPE, room layout, the significance of temperature and humidity.
•Discuss the materials including chemical indicators, tape, tip protectors, peel pouches and sterile wrap.
•Demonstrate the appropriate assembling of a one-time use packaging.
•Define sterilization, the importance of sterilization, and the use of various types of sterilization.
•Describe the storage area, environmental parameters, maintenance of sterility, and the environment of care.

Length of Course: 90 minutes

Credit statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development  by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.5 nursing continuing professional development hours.

AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.15 CEUs (1.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

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