Intended Attendees: This course is intended for infection preventionists and persons responsible for reprocessing semicritical and critical instruments in healthcare (e.g., managers and staff in central sterile processing areas, staff reprocessing semicritical instruments (e.g., GI endoscopes, bronchoscopes, ENT scopes, urologic instruments) and critical instruments (e.g., surgical instruments)
Course Objective: Attendees will
1) learn to properly disinfect or sterilize medical devices and surgical instruments to ensure that they do not transmit infectious pathogens to patients; and
2) learn the evidence based practices regarding hand hygiene, skin antisepsis, and disinfection of non-critical environmental surfaces and equipment.
Continuing Education Contact Hours:
- International Association of Health Care Sterile Materiels Management (IAHCSMM) has approved 14.5 CE
- The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) has approved 14.5 CE
- This activity has been submitted to North Carolina Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
- Early Bird (through February 29, 2020): $375
- Regular (March 1 – April 23, 2020): $475
Background: Each year in the United States, there are approximately 53,000,000 outpatient surgical procedures and 46,000,000 inpatient surgical procedures. For example, there are at least 18 million gastrointestinal endoscopies per year. Each of these procedures involves contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with a patient’s sterile tissue and/or mucous membranes. A major risk of all such procedures is the introduction of infection. Failure to properly disinfect or sterilize medical devices and surgical instruments may lead to transmission via these devices (e.g., endoscopes contaminated with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae [CRE]). Achieving disinfection and sterilization by disinfectants and sterilization practices is essential for ensuring that medical and surgical instruments do not transmit infectious pathogens to patients.
Hand hygiene is a cornerstone of preventing transmission from health care personnel to patients via contaminated hands. In addition, antiseptics are widely used in health care for skin antisepsis for invasive procedures. Low-level disinfectants are used for disinfection of non-critical environmental surfaces and equipment in health care facilities. This course will capsulize all that infection preventionists or persons reprocessing medical or surgical instruments need to know to be compliant with current standards and guidelines in disinfection, sterilization and antisepsis.
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