Practical Ethics in Central Sterile Processing

Practical Ethics in Central Sterile Processing 

This course is designed to educate central sterile supply department personnel on the principles of healthcare ethics as they apply to their roles and strategies for resolving ethical conflicts.


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-PECSP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify and describe the principles of healthcare ethics, professional standards, and patient rights.
Differentiate between legal and ethical standards.
Identify and differentiate regulatory and voluntary agencies and standards relative to the central sterile supply department.
Describe the ethical dilemma and controversy associated with reprocessing single-use devices for reuse.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Ethics, Patient Rights, and Legal and Voluntary Standards

The Basis for Ethical Principles in Healthcare

Principles of Healthcare Ethics

Professional Standards

Patient’s Bill of Rights

Legal vs. Ethical Standards

Ethical Standards

Legal and Voluntary Standards

Regulatory Agencies Relevant to the CSSD

Voluntary Standards Relevant to the CSSD



Section 3: Ethical Implications of Reprocessing Single-Use Devices


Device Regulations

Reusable Devices

Single-Use Devices

Studies of Reprocessed Single-Use Devices

Ethical Issues

An Ethical Dilemma




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, 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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