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Disinfection and Sterilization: Best Practices in Reprocessing Surgical Instruments

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    Disinfection & Sterilization: Best Practices

Because sterile processing plays a vital role in patient safety, it is essential to ensure that every instrument meets sterilization requirements. 

Sterile Processing plays a vital role in patient safety and, therefore, must ensure that every instrument meets sterilization requirements. This interactive course will give the Infection Preventionist tools to use to ensure your Sterile Processing Department is in compliance with best evidence based practices. We will discuss the latest recommended practices from AAMI, AORN and the CDC sterilization monitoring, cleaning and disinfection, packaging, sterilization, traffic control, and sterile storage. The latest in flash (Immediate-use) sterilization multi-society position statement will be discussed. We will also identify controls on loaner instrumentation that should be in place to ensure instruments and implants are effectively managed and that patient safety, not physician preference or vendor convenience needs to be the main consideration.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify current best practices related to the reprocessing surgical instruments
  • Discuss the latest recommendations for immediate-use sterilization
  • Develop an audit for measuring compliance of a sterile processing department
  • Identify the necessary steps for the careful management and control of loaned instruments and/or implants

1.5 hours


Members: $100 / Non-members: $175

CNE: APIC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing contact hours: 1.5

How do I get contact hours?

To receive contact hours for an online course, you must complete the program in its entirety and complete an online evaluation. Your feedback is not only required by the accrediting organization, but it is vital to development of future programming.

How do I meet requirements to evaluate the program?

Complete the online evaluation from your computer immediately upon completion of the course by using the course survey link provided in the training menu. Once the online evaluation is complete, you will be eligible to obtain your contact hours via the certificate of completion. 

Member Registration Fee: $100.00
Non-Member Registration Fee: $175.00

Paying by check or have issues registering online? Please complete the registration form and mail it to the noted address. When mailing the check, ensure that the registration form and any corresponding documents are included as we cannot process registrations without payment. 

Bulk sales are available. Email education@apic.org for more information.

Please note that online courses will be available 24 hours after your registration has been processed.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Course evaluations will be availablein your online training meny upon completion of the course. All course-related evaluations must be completed within 30 days of course completion. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or for your records indicating CEUs.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.

Technical Requirements
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Note: Devices running iOS (like iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are not able to display course content at this time, due to Flash restrictions on iOS.
Technical support: education@apic.org