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Sterile processing continuing education courses

Find a course that’s tailored to your professional development below. Refer to each individual course for credit affiliation and contact hour fulfillment.

Effective Team: From Diversity to Collective Teamwork

Course Code: 3922 / classroom
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel

Perioperative team members work in a fast-paced, demanding environment where they need to be flexible and ready to anticipate new challenges at any time. The composition of the team can vary from those who provide direct care in the operating room (OR), to those who provide direct care in the preoperative or postanesthesia care units, to those providing direct care for “on call” shifts, as well as those who provide support for the direct caregivers by processing and packaging instruments in the sterile processing area or present instructions for use for new equipment or technologies. Relationships and communications can breakdown under stressful circumstances. This continuing education activity will provide a brief review of how people who work in teams can increase their effectiveness by incorporating useful strategies into their daily experiences. An overview of group dynamics that team members often experience as they work together will be discussed. The factors that contribute to diversity in teams will be presented. Examples of strategies that can be used to enhance teamwork will also be discussed.

Interdisciplinary Conflict: Can it be resolved?

Course Code: 3964 / classroom
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel

Conflict is a natural occurrence in human relationships and when allowed to linger, will require mitigation and resolution strategies. Interdisciplinary conflicts, team-based conflicts, and inter-departmental conflicts can range from simple disagreements or complex, toxic disputes that result in pain and sometimes violence. This continuing education activity will differentiate the types of conflicts that are found in the workplace and present examples of conflicts specific to the perioperative setting. Options for responding to conflict will be identified and steps that can be taken to resolve conflict will be discussed. By seeking to understand the causes and dynamic nature of conflict, members of the perioperative team can navigate disagreements more effectively.

Physical and Visual Clutter: Implications to Perioperative Safety, Efficiency and Patient Satisfaction

Course Code: 3962 / classroom
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel

With all the focus on boosting the quality of care in hospitals, other problems that unknowingly impact outcomes may fall through the cracks – such as clutter. Clutter creates obstructions in entryways and hallways as well as on the floor. Ignoring this issue can cause serious consequences because clutter can threaten patient safety, cause accidents, compromise body mechanics, or make work inefficient for health care professionals.

Slip, trip, and fall (STF) incidents can be related to workplace clutter and can frequently result in serious disabling injuries that impact a health care employee’s ability to do his or her job. Lost workdays, reduced productivity, expensive worker compensation claims, and diminished ability to effectively care for patients can often be the result of STF incidents. A STF that disables a health care worker in one of the perioperative areas is expensive in terms of both direct and indirect costs; however, a disabling fall in the OR may also adversely affect a patient. For example, a fall in the operating room (OR), ambulatory surgery center, cardiac catheterization laboratories, or endoscopy suite may directly injure a patient, disrupt the procedure, lead to surgical errors, and delay the current and subsequent surgical procedures. For these reasons, it is critical that all perioperative staff members remain aware of department clutter and the factors that contribute to STFs and implement best practices to reduce the associated hazards to provide the safest possible environment of care for both patients and staff.

Powered Instruments and Caregiver Safety

Course Code: 3567 / classroom
  • 3 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel

As the practice of surgery continues to evolve, so do the type and complexity of the surgical instrumentation; powered surgical equipment is one example of the sophisticated instrumentation needed to support advanced surgical techniques. The proper use of the various types of powered surgical instruments available today in order to promote patient safety and prevent postoperative infections is the shared responsibility of many, including central service personnel, biomedical technologists, and all members of the surgical team. Therefore, it is important that perioperative personnel who participate in orthopaedic procedures understand how the proper use of battery powered and electrical surgical instruments promote positive patient outcomes. This educational activity will provide a review of the historical evolution of powered surgical equipment. The component parts basic to the various types of powered surgical instruments and equipment will be presented. Recent safety issues associated with lithium ion batteries will be reviewed. The clinical considerations related to bone sensitivity to heat; key aspects of cutting, sawing, drilling, rasping, and pin driving; as well as blade and bur characteristics associated with the use of powered surgical instruments will be discussed. Finally, general guidelines and additional considerations for the safe use and handling of powered surgical instruments, including the importance of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service contracts, reuse, and reprocessing aspects of accessories will be outlined.

The Role of Cleaning and Sterilization in Infection Control: A Focus on Powered Surgical Instruments

Course Code: 3895 / classroom 1251 / online
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel
  • Surgical Technologists

The sterile processing of instruments, devices, and items is a significant part of infection control in health care practice. This activity will explore the importance of infection prevention and its impact on patient outcomes. The proper steps and key clinical considerations for instrument cleaning and decontamination will be reviewed. The differences between sterilization and high-level disinfection will be discussed. Different methods of sterilization will be defined and the significance of sterilization monitoring as it impacts patient outcomes will also be included. Finally, current guidelines and recommended practices for proper decontamination and sterilization of these devices will be outlined.

Triple Bottom Line Practices in the OR: Reprocessing

Course Code: 3963 / classroom
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel

The health care sector generates a tremendous amount of waste on a daily basis. By reducing upstream and downstream environmental impacts of health care service delivery, hospitals and health systems are adopting triple bottom line practices because of the triple return on investment with improved financial performance (ie, profit), reduced environmental impact (ie, planet) and improved community and population health (ie, people). A multi-disciplinary project team and environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) criteria and practices are critical in the successful implementation of reprocessing and other triple bottom line practices. As health care leaders address environmental determinants of human health, the operating room (OR) is considered the epicenter of triple bottom line efficiency with opportunities for change in waste management and supply chain practices. This education program will identify strategies for reducing waste that is generated in the OR. Safety considerations related to reprocessed medical devices will be reviewed and guidelines for reprocessing reusable medical devices will be discussed. Strategies for purchasing products that cause the least environmental harm during manufacture, use, and disposal will also be discussed.

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