Tag Archives: live CE courses

Apr 17, 2015

Exclusive Continuing Education for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Posted by:

Continuing education for ambulatory surgery centers

Ambulatory surgery centers may be smaller in size than a hospital, but they still have many of the same challenges. Healthcare professionals who work in ambulatory surgery centers are concerned about the complex challenges of infection control from admission through discharge.

3M Infection Prevention strives to provide the right solutions that ambulatory surgery centers need. The new 3MSM Health Care Academy goes even further to support continued education and training for nurses, sterilization technicians, and healthcare professions. We cover a wide range of useful topics including: healthcare acquired infections, surgical site infections, sterilization, as well as emerging issues in surgical settings.

Making it easy in taking healthcare continuing education (CE) courses is the core of our education model. To help you get the CE credits you need, we offer free self-study courses that you can take on your own. All healthcare CE webinars are 60 minutes in length and available for viewing at your convenience. See a complete list of our free, self-study CE webinars

Here are some recent ambulatory surgery center CE courses that you might find helpful:

Sterilization and Disinfection in an Ambulatory Surgery Center Setting
Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

ST79 Essentials for Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

 

Apr 5, 2015

Learn about Best Practices in Sterile Processing

Posted by:

infection-control-sterile-processing

In-depth knowledge of sterile processing procedures and the science of infection prevention are essential to help optimize the success of surgical procedures and patient outcomes. To keep our commitment to support best sterile processing practices to help reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the 3MSM Health Care Academy has a full library of self-study healthcare continuing education (CE) courses. These sterile processing CE courses are presented by experts who understand the challenges sterilization professionals face. Here are some of the sterile processing CE courses we have recently added:

IUSS – Follow the Standards or Get Cited!
Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

Water Quality for CSSD 101
Learning Objectives:

  • Review the general structure and content of AAMI/TIR34:2014 Water for the reprocessing of medical devices.
  • Describe the importance of water quality and effective water treatment.
  • Identify categories of water quality for medical device reprocessing.
  • Define the selection of water quality.
  • Explain water quality monitoring.

Sterilization and Disinfection in an ASC Setting
Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

What a Gas: A Review of Today’s Low Temperature Sterilization Options               
Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

ST79 Essentials for ASCs
Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

We are always adding new self-study sterile processing CE courses to the online catalog, so be sure to save or bookmark the 3MSM Health Care Academy page. These courses are free and are 3M Health Care Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses CEP 5770 for one contact hour.

Mar 15, 2015

Increase Your Knowledge of Perioperative Best Practices

Posted by:

Perioperative Best Practices

Perioperative nurses work together in cooperation with other health care providers throughout the entire perioperative process.  Caring for patients undergoing surgical or other invasive procedures requires attention to details and a deep understanding of the latest best practices.  The 3MSM Health Care Academy offers perioperative nurses the knowledge needed to help reduce the risk of surgical site infections using a comprehensive approach to care that is as efficient as it is effective.

I understand the important role perioperative nurses have in the OR and am proud to have many of our scientific and clinical experts offer the following free, self-study continuing education (CE) webinars. Completion of a nursing CE course, or sometimes called nursing CEU, counts as a CE credit for nurses. Here are some of the recent courses that might be helpful for perioperative nurses:

Infection Control Considerations during Construction in the Perioperative Setting
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the accrediting and regulatory agencies for codes and requirements when undertaking new or remodeled perioperative areas.
  • Describe methods of communicating patient safety and infection control concerns in controlled settings.
  • Discuss an approach to the cultural shift from construction needs to needs of protected areas for infection prevention.

Nursing’s Role in Surgical Site Infection Reduction in Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe interventions in preparation of the patient for surgery that will reduce the risk of surgical site infection.
  • Identify relevant clinical studies that support these measures.
  •  Describe guidelines and recommended practices that support each intervention.

Surgical Site Infection Reduction: Strategies that Work
Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies that are proven to be effective in prevention of surgical site infections.

Reduction of Surgical Site Infections: Two Healthcare Facilities Discuss their Success with Implementation of Best Practice Standards
Learning Objectives:

  • Define unintended perioperative hypothermia.
  • Explain why pre-warming is beneficial in the prevention of unintended hypothermia.
  • Describe the steps and key considerations related to implementing a pre-warming quality improvement initiatives.
  • Identify the most common best practice areas of concern for reducing SSIs.
  • List the top three areas of concern for SSI reduction.
  • Identify challenges the leadership team may face when initiating best practice changes.
  • Describe how to measure the impact of change after implementing best practices.

We are always adding new perioperative CE courses, so if there is something not listed you want to learn about visit the 3MSM Health Care Academy self-study CE page.

Feb 15, 2015

Learn About the Patient Monitoring Process

Posted by:

Patient Monitoring - infection prevention

Patient monitoring electrodes are one of the best ways for nurses and doctors to understand what is happening to a patient. But, using electrodes can be challenging. 3MSM Health Care Academy offers healthcare providers free continuing education (CE) courses to help better understand how to properly use patient monitoring electrodes. We are excited to offer a series of free, self-study CE webinars that provide in-depth instruction and insight into patient monitoring techniques for the purpose of helping to reduce the risk of infection, elevating quality of care and enhancing patient health.

All webinars are 60 minutes in length and available at your convenience. Save this page in your favorites or share it with a colleague.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart

An Economic Valuation of the use of Disposable vs. Reusable ECG Leads

Eliminating a Risk of HAIs with Disposable ECG Leads

Resistant Bacteria Development and Cross-Contaminate Risk with Reusable ECG Leads

Optimizing Cardiac Monitoring While Reducing ECG Alarms

Reusable ECG Leads: Pathway Component in Cross Contamination HAIs

Congestive Heart Failure and Pulmonary Edema

Cerebral Vascular Accident vs. Transient Ischemic Attack

Disposable vs. Reusable in the Hospital – An Evaluation of the Data

A Practical Approach: Infection Prevention Related to Cardiac Monitoring

A Practical Approach: Optimizing Heart Monitoring When Using Disposable Electrodes

Economic Benefits of Disposable ECG Leads vs Reusable ECG Leads

Use of Disposable ECG Leads to Eliminate Pathways of Cross Contamination of Resistant Bacterial Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI)

The Risk of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Developing and Multiplying on Reusable ECG Leads

Optimizing Heart Monitoring

Electrophysiology and ECG Basics

Identifying the Risk of Resistant Bacterial Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) from Cross Contamination due to Reusable ECG Leads

12 Lead EKG’s

Infection Prevention Related to Cardiac Monitoring

We update healthcare CE courses each week. If you don’t see a topic that you want to learn more about, check out the complete library. Each patient monitoring healthcare CE course is one contact hour.

Feb 10, 2015

Healthcare Continuing Education Credits on Your Own Time

Posted by:

3M Health Care Continuing Education

Self-study (on-demand) online continuing education (CE) courses for healthcare professionals are a flexible way to meet CE requirements. Continuing education is mandatory for many healthcare professionals in order to meet the requirements necessary for relicensure.

Healthcare CE credits help healthcare professionals keep up-to-date on best practices, new technologies, and updated guidelines or regulations. But, sometimes finding time to attend an in-person seminar or live CE webinar is difficult – that’s when an on-demand healthcare CE course makes sense. I have talked to many nurses, sterilization technicians, and other healthcare professionals. All of them share a similar issue, finding time to attend a CE course.

Over the past year, we’ve worked to redesign our continuing education platform, the 3MSM Health Care Academy. This redesigned platform has two objectives: 1) make it easy for busy health care professionals to use, and 2) make it affordable – we made it completely free. To make it easy to use, we are doing a few different things to help users. First we offer live webinars that we also record. Those recorded webinars bring me to my second point, making continuing education available as an on-demand course for people who were busy during the original scheduled time. These free on-demand courses are approved and recognized as a contact hour of continuing education. Check out the list below for some of our most popular courses.

Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Sterilization and Disinfection in an ASC Setting
Presented by Rose Seavey

Hospital Hygiene
Duodenoscopes: Are Current Reprocessing Guidelines Adequate?
Presented by Grace Thornhill PhD, 3M Infection Prevention Technical Specialist

Patient Monitoring
Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart
Presented by Gayle Anderson

Sterilization and Monitoring
Steam Sterilization Qualification and Troubleshooting: Process Failures and Wet Packs
Presented by Rose Seavey RN, MBA, BS, CNOR, CRCST, CSPDT

Surgical Solutions
See the complete list of perioperative on-demand CE learning courses

Take one of these healthcare CE courses, or choose another one that fits your needs. The 3MSM Health Care Academy is always adding more live and self-study courses. Bookmark or share this page with a colleague. You can also sign-up to get notifications sent to you.