This course is designed to educate learners about the potential hazards associated with the use of rigid sterilization containers, advantages and disadvantages of their use, and best practices for use and handling of rigid containers for sterilization packaging.
This in-service has been Approved by the CBSPD, Inc. for 1.0000 CEUs.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Hazards and Best Practices for Cleaning and Assembling Instruments for Use in Rigid Containers
Sterilization Packaging Regulation
Sterile Packaging Objectives
Types of Packaging Materials
Characteristics of Rigid Sterilization Containers
Advantages and Disadvantages of Rigid Container Systems
Cleaning Rigid Containers
Inspecting Rigid Containers
Preparing and Assembling Sterilization Package Contents
Rigid Container Seals
Section 3: Best-Practices for Storing, Transporting, and Handling Rigid Sterilization Containers
Sterilizing Instruments Packaged in Rigid Containers
Storing Rigid Containers
Transporting Sterile Packages
Rigid Containers at the Point of Use
Rigid Contains Used for Transporting Contaminated Items
Section 4: Conclusion
Instructor: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN
Sherry Hughes CRCST, CHL, CIS. Sherry has 36 years of experience in healthcare, 35 of which have been at Wilson Health in the sterile processing department. Since 2011, she has been a team lead and supervisor. She has a love and passion for the challenging, rewarding, and always changing field of sterile processing. During her tenure in the field, she has developed an effective SP tech training and orientation program and has organized and implemented a sterile processing networking forum for SP professionals from area hospitals to gather and participate in educational presentations and round table discussions. Sherry serves on several hospital committees, including employee health and infection control, the department of surgical services, and quality assurance and performance improvement. She has earned several certifications from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materials Management, including CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician), CHL (Certification in Healthcare Leadership), and CIS (Certified Instrument Specialist). She is very self-driven and finds great satisfaction using her knowledge, skills, and due diligence as a part of every surgical procedure performed in her local hospital to keep patients safe and facilitate the best possible outcomes.Disclosure: Sherry Hughes CRCST, CHL, CIS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has experience across multiple healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR Staff and Charge Nurse; Director of School Health Services/School Nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection Control Practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as an acute care SME Writer in 2017 and Curriculum Designer in 2021, she provided consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas in 1989 and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University in 2010 with an emphasis in healthcare administration.Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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