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Packed with hands on tips, practical examples and helpful insights, each program in this 19-part series provides visual demonstrations by real Central Service Professionals as they reveal proper protocols for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing medical instruments. Produced in partnership with IAHCSMM, this series applies best-practice and guidance established by IAHCSMM, AAMI, OSHA, CDC, FDA, AORN, CMS, and other leading healthcare organizations.

There are more outbreaks of healthcare associated infections related to flexible endoscopes than with any other medical device! These complex medical devices are difficult to clean, and their Instructions for Use are detailed, lengthy, and must be followed every time. The goal of this program is to educate, and remind reprocessing professionals of the essential steps necessary to make them safe for patient use.




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Learning Objective

To educate staff on 10 essential steps that should be followed each and every time when reprocessing flexible endoscopes


It has become increasingly important that CSSD follow a comprehensive program to process and monitor loaner instruments and implants in order to fight HAI’s, and comply with accreditation standards. Staff responsible for the management of loaner instruments and implants must be trained and knowledgeable on all aspects of the process.




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Learning Objective

To provide CSSD with 10 steps that will ensure proper management, processing and monitoring of loaner instruments to meet accreditation standards and fight HAIs


The fact is, every time a patient undergoes a procedure in a healthcare facility they run the risk of infection. The good news is…proper high-level disinfection practices can reduce that risk! Created in 2018 and featuring renowned expert, Cori Ofstead, MSPH, this program discusses the best practices, based upon industry standards, to meet these reprocessing challenges.




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Educate staff on best practices for an effective high-level disinfection process


Powered surgical instruments are expensive to purchase, repair and replace, and require skill and knowledge in order to process them correctly. In this program, we explore the three different types of powered surgical instruments – Electric, Compressed Gas, and Battery – and the general guidelines for their care and maintenance. Packed with hands-on tips, practical examples and helpful insights, this short and concise program benefits all technicians who process powered surgical instruments.




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Learning Objective

To outline in detail how to properly clean, disinfect and sterilize powered surgical instruments, and the common problems associated with processing these expensive instruments


As part of the Central Service Workflow, cleaning is the first and most critical step in breaking the chain of disease transmission; it can also be the most challenging. To ensure success, procedures, protocols and regulations must be strictly followed!




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Learning Objective

Provide an overview of the cleaning process following proper procedures, protocols and regulations put forth by IAHCSMM, AAMI, OSHA, CDC, FDA and CMS


Monitoring and documentation are the means by which we determine the effectiveness of our work. Monitoring utilizes tools, for the most part, to observe and evaluate the conditions in which CS work is performed. And documentation provides records to show that requirements are met, and a trail to determine where a process failed so that it can be corrected. This program stresses the importance of both, and how they go hand-in-hand with all other steps performed in CSSD to ensure safe patient care.




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Learning Objective

Educate staff on monitoring and documentation requirements, and why they are of critical importance


The fact of the matter is good communication skills are just as important as good technical skills. Tension and stress can be reduced when there is a sense of teamwork and trust, and that is the result of open and honest communication.




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Learning Objective

To provides strategies to improve communication between co-workers in CSSD as well as with the OR.


For every healthcare facility, the need to prevent the growth and transmission of infectious organisms is paramount to patient safety. This program introduces simple microbiological concepts to help understand how pathogens are spread, and how CSSD can create an environment that does not promote bacterial growth and cross-contamination.




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Learning Objective

To educate CSSD on how pathogens are spread, and how the CS department and its technicians need to create an environment that inhibits bacterial growth and cross-contamination


Instrument inspection is a vital process that ensures that the many instruments and medical devices that are used every day function properly and are thoroughly cleaned so they be sterilized effectively. Packed with hands-on tips, practical examples and helpful insights, this short and concise program benefits all Central Service personnel.




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Learning Objective

To outline in detail how to properly identify, inspect and test surgical instruments for cleanliness and function


CS professionals operate within the requirements of many professional organizations, accreditation and government agencies, and manufacturer Instructions for Use. It’s a lot to juggle! Presented via scenarios throughout the CSSD, this program highlights how CS staff utilize industry regulations, standards and guidelines in a number of typical work situations.




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Learning Objective

Help staff interpret and thereby comply with the constantly changing Guidelines, Standards and IFUs that define our industry


To ensure successful sterilization, storage, transport and aseptic presentation of instruments, CS technicians must select the appropriate packaging for the sterilization method as well as the items being sterilized.




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Learning Objective

To educate staff on the proper methods and techniques for packaging medical instruments and devices


CSSD staff must become familiar with applicable accreditation standards, and the critical role staff play in the accreditation process. Facilities accredited by organizations such as The Joint Commission, AAAHC and AAASF will benefit from this program.




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Learning Objective

To educate CSSD staff on the critical role they play in the accreditation process


Wet packs are frustrating for many reasons, including the potential danger a wet pack poses to a patient, service delays, and the work required to reprocess items.




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Learning Objective

To help give staff a firm understanding of the sterilization process and the primary causes of wet packs.


Previously known as Flash Sterilization, many facilities perform Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization in order to turn instruments around quickly. However, its use has been implicated in increasing a patient’s risk of infection. To guarantee successful sterilization, professionals must incorporate evidence-based practices and comply with accreditation standards to improve patient care.




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Learning Objective

To outline in detail how to perform Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization, following evidence-based protocols, accreditation standards and manufacturer recommendations


The use of robots in surgery is a reality. As more and more hospitals purchase these expensive and complicated robotic systems for their operating rooms, they are also faced with the challenge of training staff; not just the OR team on their use, but also training CSSD on cleaning and sterilization protocols for processing the robot’s complex components.




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Learning Objective

To provides step-by-step demonstrations for reprocessing robotic instruments


Sterilization is vital to ensure that critical devices and instruments used on patients are free from all microorganisms that may cause harm. Because there are many important steps in making sure an item is sterilized properly, this work requires a great deal of training, skill and attention to detail.




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Learning Objective

To outline in detail the sterilization process for all critical equipment used during surgery and other invasive procedures


For healthcare organizations, sustainability means integrating practices into the way that hospitals do business that lead to healthier people, healthier communities and a healthier planet. Each member of the CSSD team can participate.




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Learning Objective

To help staff increase efficiencies in their own practice, as well as the department, and minimize the impact of the department on the environment.


Instruments should look the same when they arrive in the user department, no matter who assembled them. End users should be able to count on accuracy and completeness of set, and to count on each tray having a familiar appearance.




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Learning Objective

To educate CSSD staff on the processes involved in creating a tray, what to do if instruments are missing or need repair, and how to assemble trays to enable sterilization, protect instruments, and facilitate use


The primary goal of the Central Service department is to prevent the spread of microorganisms that can cause disease by ensuring all medical devices and instruments used in procedures are properly cleaned, disinfected or sterilized.




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Learning Objective

Provide an overview for Central Service staff on infection prevention and safety practices, and the basic principles of cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing medical devices and instruments


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Select your programs.
Of Critical Importance: 10 Essential Steps for Reprocessing Flexible Endoscopes
Of Critical Importance: 10 Steps for Proper Management of Loaner Instruments
Of Critical Importance: Best Practices for High-Level Disinfection
Of Critical Importance: Care & Handling of Powered Surgical Instruments
Of Critical Importance: Cleaning Protocols for Medical Instruments and Devices
Of Critical Importance: How to Properly Monitor and Document
Of Critical Importance: Improving Communication in CSSD and with the OR
Of Critical Importance: Infection Prevention Strategies for Environmental Management of the CSSD
Of Critical Importance: Inspection of Surgical Instruments and Devices
Of Critical Importance: Interpreting Guidelines, Standards and IFUs
Of Critical Importance: Package Selection, Preparation and Technique
Of Critical Importance: Preparing CSSD for Accreditation Survey
Of Critical Importance: Preventing and Troubleshooting Wet Packs
Of Critical Importance: Protocols for Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization
Of Critical Importance: Reprocessing Robotic Instruments
Of Critical Importance: Sterilization Protocols
Of Critical Importance: Sustainability in the CSSD and OR Environments
Of Critical Importance: Tray Assembly and Management
Of Critical Importance:The Role of Central Service in Infection Control

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