Handling Sterilization Wrap and Wrapped Trays

Handling Sterilization Wrap and Wrapped Trays 

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the most common preventable complication after surgery (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2019). At the core of prevention efforts is ensuring instruments used during these procedures are free from all contamination. This includes proper selection or packaging materials, wrapping technique, closure, labeling, handling, and storage for wrapped trays to protect contents from contamination and damage.

The content of this course is applicable to central sterile supply department (CSSD) personnel. It is designed to provide education on the types and characteristics of sterilization wrap for proper selection, sterilization wrap techniques, and general practices for preventing contamination of wrapped trays during the sterilization process, handling, and storage.


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-HSWWT
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe best-practices for sterile package assembly and preparation.
Identify types and characteristics of sterilization packaging materials and considerations for selection.
Describe sterilization wrapping and packaging techniques.
Identify best-practices for closure, labeling, handling, transport, and storage of wrapped trays.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Sterile Packaging: Environment, Hygiene, and Assembly

Sterile Packaging Area

Personnel Hygiene

Preparing and Assembling Pack Contents



Section 3: Sterilization Packaging and Handling Techniques

Sterilization Packaging Regulation

Sterile Packaging Objectives

Reusable Packaging Materials

Disposable Packaging

Sterilizer Loading

Packaging Considerations Related to Method of Sterilization

Flat Wrapping Methods and Size

Flat Wrapping Techniques

Package Closure and Sealing


Handling and Storing Sterile Packages

Storage Environment

Event-Related Sterility

Transporting Sterile Packages



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributors



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.
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.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Central Sterile Personnel; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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