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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.

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.

Smoke Evacuation: A Review of the Standards

Course Code: 4192 / classroom
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel

Surgical smoke is ubiquitous in the surgical setting, generated by commonly used surgical instruments such as electrocautery devices. Research suggests the surgical smoke plume released into the air can transmit harmful biologic and toxic particles, which can be inhaled by all members of the surgical team, as well as by patients. Standards for smoke evacuation have been established internationally to protect patients and providers from the harmful effects of surgical smoke; however, smoke evacuation compliance varies across surgical settings. Through regulatory and accreditation compliance standards and developing legislation, stricter rules are on the horizon for surgical smoke evacuation. Professional associations, surgical teams and technology developers provide examples of smart strategies for achieving safe and effective surgical smoke evacuation. Perioperative professionals working in all care areas, including the operating room, sterile processing and materials management should be familiar with these standards to support clear air across the care environment.

Smoke Evacuation: Selecting The Right Tools, Understanding New Technologies

Course Code: 4193 / classroom
  • 2 contact hours
  • Perioperative Nurses
  • Sterile Processing Personnel

When an organization realizes the hazards of surgical smoke and makes the decision to implement surgical smoke evacuation to protect staff and patients, the next step is choosing smoke evacuation technologies that provide the best fit. A structured approach to surgical smoke evacuation product evaluation and selection should address key use considerations, such as open versus closed procedures, setting, cost and best practices for each smoke evacuation product type. Assembly, use and maintenance considerations according to manufacturer instructions for use should be included in this product evaluation and selection process. Approaches for standardized implementation and compliance with using the selected technologies should also be addressed. By understanding the wide range of products available to evacuate surgical smoke and comparing product qualities to organizational needs, the most appropriate surgical smoke evacuation technologies can be implemented to provide optimal protection from the dangers of surgical smoke.

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