Sterile processing is an important function that is vital to every health care facility. Sterile processing technicians need up-to-date, helpful information about standards, guidelines, and recommended practices. To make it easy for technicians to learn best practices, 3MSM Health Care Academy created a full catalog of free self-study and live continuing education (CE) courses presented by technical experts. Here is a list of some of the most popular 1 hour sterile processing CE courses over the past 12 months.
- Identify the latest requirements and guidelines from accrediting organizations specifically relating to reprocessing of medical devices.
- Describe key published standards and recommended practices for safe and effective reprocessing of reusable patient care items.
- List available resources that can help an ASC comply with best practice related to reprocessing of reusable medical devices.
- Discuss AAMI ST79 and the need for the recommended practice.
- Discuss the different types of steam sterilization processes and cycle parameters.
- Describe the different types of sterilization monitoring devices, including PCDs.
- Describe routine load release for implants and non-implants.
- List the low temperature sterilization technologies that are available in the industry today.
- Describe how each of the low temperature sterilization technologies work.
- Recognize the benefits and limitations of each low temperature sterilization technology.
- Identify the factors to be considered for choosing a low temperature sterilization technology.
- Review the most current AORN and AAMI standards and recommended practices relating to IUSS.
- Explain CMS’s Update of Survey and Certification Memorandum Regarding IUSS.
- Identify The Joint Commissions’ standards related to IUSS.
- Discuss steam sterilization qualification testing.
- Describe available tools to help guide an investigational process on sterilization process failures and wet pack/load assessment.
- Identify common reasons for steam sterilization process failures and wet packs/loads.
- Understand how tracer methodology applies to sterile processing.
- Discuss how IFU’s, competencies and processes may be observed by surveyors.
- Understand the importance of following manufacturers’ IFU.
- Explain why duodenoscope reprocessing is currently under scrutiny.
- Summarize the clinical literature describing outbreaks following exposure to duodenoscopes.
- Discuss the reprocessing challenges that are unique to duodenoscopes.
- Outline available and proposed options for improving duodenoscope reprocessing.
- Describe the steps in a washer/disinfector cycle and the purpose of each step
- Discuss thermal disinfection and the A0 concept
- Review means to optimize the effectiveness of your washer/disinfector
- Identify potential root causes of washer / disinfector monitoring failures
- Describe the design and function of biological indicators
- Discuss how biological indicator incubation time is determined
- Understand how rapid readout biological indicators work
- Identify sterile processing standards and guidelines relevant to the ambulatory surgery setting.
- Describe best practices for instrument processing in the ambulatory surgery setting.
- Develop a check off list to determine readiness for an accreditation survey.
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