Unit 2: Best Practices in Infection Control in Ambulatory Care Settings: Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization (noncredit)
Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization (1.5 Hours)
Recent outbreaks of healthcare-associated infections associated with improper cleaning, disinfection, or sterilization of medical equipment or devices and transmission of infection from environmental sources have brought this issue into the forefront of infection prevention. It is important for all who work in healthcare to be familiar with the principles of cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. These sessions will discuss all aspects of cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization including the practical application of these principles in the outpatient setting. It will provide information that will assist in making decisions as to how to select and use the best agents /systems for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. Reprocessing of instruments and devices will also be covered.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to
- Determine how to select and use the best agents/systems for cleaning.
- List important components in cleaning, disinfection, or sterilization.
- Use Spaulding’s Classification of critical, semi-critical and non-critical to list the types of devices used in your facility.
- Identify risks of failure to properly clean, disinfect, or sterilize equipment.
The unit includes
- Brief demographic survey titled, "Tell us about yourself." This survey is for reporting purposes only, your responses will be kept strictly confidential and data will only be reported in the aggregate without any personal identifiers. You will take this survey at the beginning of all four units.
- Message from Melissa Schaefer, MD, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Introduction to the course
- Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization
- Course evaluation
- Certificate of achievment
To complete this course, you will need the following:
- Internet access with sufficient bandwidth to watch videos.
- Speakers or headphones to listen to the videos.
- A way to print your completion certificate at the end of the course.
This course content is presented in a format called Canvas Learning System. Within Canvas, you will watch videos, review presentations and read articles as well as take quizzes and ask questions all within the Canvas system. If you are new to Canvas, you may want to review Getting Started in Canvas. Canvas has apps for phones and tablets on both iOS and Android. You can view a short informational video at our Getting Started in Canvas page.
MU Nursing Outreach wants to thank you for enrolling in the Basic Infection Prevention and Control Principles to Guide Practice. If you have any questions as you work your way through this series of courses please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 573-882-0215. We will continue to maintain our website with the most recent resources and updates so check it often.
Paula Bullock, M.Ed., Medical Technologist and Certified in Infection Control.
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