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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...


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Dealing With Manufacturer’s Instructions for Use (IFUs) - 0.5 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

The Food and Drug Administration requires that medical device manufacturers provide end-users in healthcare facilities with specific instructions for use (otherwise known as IFU) on how to clean and sterilize their products. This information should be obtained for every device processed at the...


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CJD – the Hidden Danger - 0.6 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is caused by a proteinaceous infectious agent, or prion. The term “prion” arose from the words “protein” and “infectious. It causes microscopic vacuoles in the neurons of the brain.The brain becomes and appears “sponge like”. This course is offered through our...


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Best Practices for Processing Ophthalmic Instruments - 0.6 CE (for Central Sterile Techs)

Over the past 15 years, the time to perform a cataract procedure has decreased from 2.5 hours to 15-20 minutes. The cost for a set of cataract instruments can range from $6,000 to $8,000 or more. Due to the short amount of time between cases, there is an urgency to turn the instruments around...