CSSD Courses

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Aesculap Clinical Education Programs provide many opportunities for you and your perioperative staff to maintain credentials, improve competency and gain valuable knowledge in your field.

Our programs offer you multiple ways to:

  • Obtain CE Contact Hours
  • Remain up to date with current CSD and OR best practices
  • Optimize employee satisfaction and retention

Each program provides either 1 or 2 CE Contact Hours. Educational CE opportunities include:

  • Live Seminars
  • Multi-Program live workshops and “boot camps” 
  • Online Presentations and Interactive Programs

Aesculap Specialists and Consultants are trained to help you determine the programs and venues that best suit your facility’s needs, in many cases at no additional cost to you.

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The Aesculap live seminars are conducted by trained HealthCare Solutions Specialists and provide best practices in a variety of areas including:

  • Instrument Care
  • Sterile Packaging
  • Optimizing Communication

 

CONTAINERIZING PRE-CONFIGURED INSTRUMENT TRAYS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Description: Pre-configured instrument trays are routinely used in complex orthopaedic and spine surgeries. These trays contain multiple instruments with varying degrees of sharpness or precision which pose a greater risk for compromise to packaging integrity before and after sterilization. This continuing education activity offers a summary of the clinical considerations related to the use of rigid sterilization containment systems as packaging for medical devices.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

 

FORGING THE COMMUNICATION CONNECTION

Description: This continuing education activity will give an overview of how communication works and how to be a more effective communicator. The participant will also learn tips for how to handle difficult communication situations.
Accreditation: 1.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

 

INSTRUMENT PROTECTION

Description: This continuing education activity offers a summary of the considerations and challenges related to proper instrument handling and reprocessing of surgical instruments and medical devices. A brief review of the types of packaging systems will help personnel make decisions about products that work best for their needs. Clinical considerations for the proper use of pre-configured instrument trays with rigid sterilization containment systems will be discussed along with underscoring the importance of reconciling multiple manufacturer instructions for use.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

LAPAROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS AND SCOPES: TIPS FOR CARE

Description: Differentiates the definitions of overweight, obese, and morbidly obese, identify obesity trends in the United States, identify the key points involved with processing laparoscopic instruments. Identify challenges of bariatric laparoscopic instruments and scopes, outline current trends in laparoscopic surgery, specifically bariatric and single-port surgery.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

 

MAINTAINING THE STERILE BARRIER IN THE REAL WORLD

Description: Packaging systems are intended to provide a barrier to ingress of pathogenic microorganisms and to maintain the sterility of its contents until needed for use in surgery. to achieve a positive patient outcome it is imperative that personnel responsible for processing surgical instruments and establishing a sterile field remain aware of current guidelines and best practices for selection, use, and maintenance of sterile packaging systems. This continuing education activity will identify packaging systems and associated best practices for maintaining the sterile barrier.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

 

PREMIUM GRADE OR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS: FUNCTION, TESTING, AND REPAIRS

Description: This continuing education activity will provide a review of the clinical considerations related to instrument function testing and repairs. It will provide a brief overview of the clinical implications of improperly functioning instruments. The appropriate function tests for specific types of surgical instruments will be reviewed, followed by a description of the various types of instrument repairs. Finally, the importance of routine repairs performed by qualified personnel will be discussed.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

 

PREMIUM OR GRADE INSTRUMENTS: KERRISON RONGEURS AND BIPOLAR FORCEPS

Description: This continuing education activity will give you an overview of clinical considerations related to the surgical instruments of Kerrison Rongeurs and bipolar forceps. You will learn about proper care, cleaning, and packaging, as well as how to test function, routine maintenance, and basic repairs. All this will help you keep these instruments in excellent condition or “healthy,” so patients can receive the best care possible.
Accreditation: 1.0 Contact Hours

 

PREMIUM OR GRADE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS: TIPS FOR CARE

Description: This continuing education activity will provide an overview of the clinical considerations related to proper care and handling of surgical instrumentation to protect their overall health, reduce the risk of infection, and subsequently promote safe patient care. It will provide a brief review of the implications of surgical site infections today, including the role of appropriate cleaning and sterilization of instruments as a risk reduction measure. The steps in instrument care, cleaning, and handling, according to current guidelines and professional recommendations will also be outlined.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

 

PRINCIPALS OF SURGICAL ENERGY DEVICES

Description: This educational activity will describe how electricity is used in surgery. Handling of ESU components and key safety precautions will be explained and the risks and benefits of energy-generating techniques will be discussed.
Accreditation:2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

The Science and Practice of CSD programs are designed to help improve patient outcomes and safety by providing evidence-based practices, and the latest regulatory and scientific information available about sterile processing. These programs are conducted by IAHCSMM Certified presenters.

The individual programs are grouped into:

  • Overview of CSD
  • CSD Specialty Programs
  • CSD Advanced for Supervisors and Managers


UNDERSTANDING HIGH - TEMPERATURE STERILIZATION

Description: This educational activity reviews the essential concepts of steam sterilization as it applies to surgical instruments. Types of steam sterilization are reviewed and monitoring parameters are emphasized.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

UNDERSTANDING CENTRAL SERVICE DEPARTMENTS

Description: This continuing education activity discusses central service processing workflow and its impact on infection prevention. Proper steps and key clinical considerations for instrument cleaning and decontamination are reviewed. Different sterilization methods are defined and monitoring indicators are discussed. Proper management of instruments used in surgical and other invasive procedures facilitate safe and effective patient outcomes. Current guidelines and recommended practices for proper decontamination and sterilization of these devices are also outlined.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

BASICS OF INSTRUMENT CARE AND HANDLING

Description: This continuing education activity focuses on the causes for instrument damage and best practice for caring and handling of stainless steel surgical instruments. Cleaning, packaging and sterilization will be comprehensively covered in additional modules.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

UNDERSTANDING LOW - TEMPERATURE STERILIZATION

Description: This educational activity provides an overview of the current, low-temperature sterilization methods and the purpose for applying each of them. Additionally, important practices are described and noteworthy concerns are reviewed.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

INVENTORY BEST PRACTICES

Description: The purpose of this educational activity is relative to the inventory and distribution process in the sterile processing department. It discusses the ergonomic and safety implications of these tasks. An understanding of the ways that instrument tracking technologies can help hospitals improve their productivity and accuracy is also discussed.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

PRINCIPLES OF CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

Description: This educational activity will discuss principles of cleaning, disinfection and provide an overview of the decontamination area. Key components of environmental, equipment, and housekeeping concerns as well as the use of personal protective equipment and equipment monitoring will be identified.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

SURGICAL GRADES OF INSTRUMENTS: THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Description: This program explores key steps in the manufacturing process of ?Premium? grade surgical instruments, clinical considerations used when selecting instruments as well as the importance of water quality used for processing are discussed.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

CSD Specialty Programs


WORKING TOGETHER: CSD AND LOANER TRAYS

Description: This educational activity will identify regulatory and professional organizations that impact sterile processing practices. Compliance and preparation for accreditation survey will be discussed. Consequences of poor processing practices will be highlighted.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

CSD Advanced for Supervisors and Managers


MAINTAINING CSD COMPLIANCE: UNDERSTANDING THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE

Description: This educational activity will identify regulatory and professional organizations that impact sterile processing practices. Compliance and preparation for accreditation survey will be discussed. Consequences of poor processing practices will be highlighted.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

 

OR TO SPD BEST PRACTICES

Description: This activity explores the importance of infection control practices related to instrument processing and its impact on patient outcomes. Proper steps and key clinical considerations for instrument cleaning and decontamination are reviewed and best practices are discussed. A variety of methods of sterilization will be defined along with the significance of sterilization monitoring. Special processing considerations for complex equipment is also addressed.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours

Aesculap Online Educational Programs provide continuing education opportunities with the convenience of 24/7 accessibility and the flexibility of use in the privacy of your home or in a clinical/work setting. Programs are offered in several formats, including:

  • Online “Flipbooks”
  • Slide Presentations with Voiceover Narration 
  • Interactive Learning Programs


SURGICAL GRADES OF INSTRUMENTS: THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS

Description: This program explores key steps in the manufacturing process of Premium grade surgical instruments, clinical considerations used when selecting instruments as well as the importance of water quality used for processing are discussed.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours
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PREMIUM OR GRADE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS: TIPS FOR CARE

Description: This continuing education activity will provide an overview of the clinical considerations related to proper care and handling of surgical instrumentation to protect their overall health, reduce the risk of infection, and subsequently promote safe patient care. It will provide a brief review of the implications of surgical site infections today, including the role of appropriate cleaning and sterilization of instruments as a risk reduction measure. The steps in instrument care, cleaning, and handling, according to current guidelines and professional recommendations will also be outlined.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD
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MAINTAINING THE STERILE BARRIER IN THE REAL WORLD

Description: Packaging systems are intended to provide a barrier to ingress of pathogenic microorganisms and to maintain the sterility of its contents until needed for use in surgery. to achieve a positive patient outcome it is imperative that personnel responsible for processing surgical instruments and establishing a sterile field remain aware of current guidelines and best practices for selection, use, and maintenance of sterile packaging systems. This continuing education activity will identify packaging systems and associated best practices for maintaining the sterile barrier.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD
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RIGID CONTAINERS FOR IMMEDIATE USE STEAM STERILIZATION

Description: Focuses on various methods of sterilization and sterilization failures and infection prevention using current guidelines for immediate use steam sterilization.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD
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IAHCSMM'S CIS LESSON PLANS

Description: This series of self-study lessons on Central Service topics was developed by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM. The lessons concentrate on more focused aspects of Central Service dealing with instrumentation, with topics ranging from urology, instrument marking/tracking systems, and suture issues to TASS, robotic instrumentation and proper decontamination. These CIS lesson plans offer continuing education for CRCST and CIS renewals.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours
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For more information or to schedule or customize an educational program for your team, contact your local Aesculap Healthcare Solutions Specialist. If you’re not sure of the contact information for your local specialist, call 1-800-282-9000, email generic@aesculap.com or complete the contact form below.

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 Live Seminars
 Multi-Program Live Workshops and “Boot Camps”
 Online Presentations and Interactive Programs