Rigid Sterilization Containers

Rigid Sterilization Containers 

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. 


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc.


This in-service has been Approved by the CBSPD, Inc. for 1.00 CEUs.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ACU-0-RSC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify potential hazards associated with the use of rigid sterilization containers.
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of rigid sterilization containers.
Identify best practices for use and handling of rigid containers for sterilization packaging.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

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

Chemical Indicators

Rigid Container Seals




Section 3: Best-Practices for Storing, Transporting, and Handling Rigid Sterilization Containers

Sterilizing Instruments Packaged in Rigid Containers

Storing Rigid Containers

Storage Environment

Event-Related Sterility

Transporting Sterile Packages

Rigid Containers at the Point of Use

Rigid Contains Used for Transporting Contaminated Items



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributors



Expert Reviewer: Sherry Hughes CRCST, CHL, CIS

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.
Instructor: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has extensive experience across a wide spectrum of 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 a SME writer, she provided healthcare learning and development 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 and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University.  Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Central Sterile Personnel; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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