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Non-Ventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (NV-HAP): Why Oral Care Matters

When our patients come to the hospital, their hope is for a return to health. Each year millions of patients check into US hospitals, and unfortunately some of them will get a hospital-acquired infection. This can lead to extra days in the hospital, significant delay in their overall recovery,...


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Hospice Care: Home Versus the Long Term Care Facility

The purpose of this program is to examine some of the pros and cons of receiving hospice care in the patient's home or in a long term care facility. The material is organized around the following categories: Introduction Hospice Care Hospice Care in Long Term Care Home Hospice Care ...


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The Role of the Hospice Nurse on the Healthcare Team

The purpose of this program is to provide an understanding of the different types of hospices nurses there are, what roles they are assigned, and their impact on terminally ill patient care. The material is organized around the following categories: Introduction The Hospice Nurse Roles of...


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Wet Packs – Causes and Solutions - 0.5 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

Steam sterilization is the most common form of sterilization used today in both hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. This course is offered through our partnership with course creator Nancy Chobin RN, AAS, ACSP, CFER, CSPM, who created this module for Sterile Processing University. CBSPD...


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Sterile Storage... Or is it? - 0.5 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

Basically, there are three conditions than can compromise sterility; moisture, soil and physical damage. All of these events are affected by the storage and handling of the packages after sterilization. Learn more in this course. This course is offered through our partnership with course creator...


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Specialty Testing of Steam Sterilizers - 0.5 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

This course covers specialty testing of steam sterilizers and best practices for decontamination. There are four types of specialty testing of sterilizers: 1. Routine BI Testing 2. Qualification Testing 3. Rigid Container Testing 4. Product Testing (will be covered in a separate inservice). This...


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Roles and Responsibilities of Technicians - 1.75 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

The effective SPD technician must clearly and thoroughly understand his or her roles and responsibilities. To achieve the necessary level of competence, the technician should study the various functions performed by SPD. This course is offered through our partnership with course creator Nancy...


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Rigid Container Testing of Steam Sterilizers - 0.75 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

AAMI ST-79 recommends routine biological monitoring of steam sterilizers weekly, preferably daily. Biological monitoring with a process challenge device (also known as PCD) containing live bacterial spores of geo bacillus stearothermophilus is recommended because this spore is the most resistant...


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Quality Prep of Surgical Instruments - 0.75 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

Surgical instruments must be thoroughly cleaned, properly assembled, carefully inspected and tested, correctly packaged and effectively sterilized to ensure patient safety and positive patient outcomes. This course is offered through our partnership with course creator Nancy Chobin RN, AAS, ACSP...


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Are Your Items Sterile? - 0.75 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

The enemies are the various microbes we face on a daily basis. The danger is that we cannot see them so we tend to ignore or forget about them. We are at war with the enemies! Warfare requires a systematic approach. Everyone must be prepared and fully trained. Everyone must have the needed...