Clinical Education Programs

 

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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


LAPAROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS AND SCOPES: TIPS FOR CARE, INCLUDING BARIATRICS

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


LEADERSHIP: IDEAS FOR TODAY'S HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL

Description: This educational activity focuses on individual leadership in the perioperative environment. A metaphor and acronym EAGLES will be introduced to aggregate key leadership concepts and principles that challenge leaders.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

Featured Speaker: Bob Marrs, CRCST, CIS, CHL / Director, Consulting Services & Field Operations, Aesculap, Inc.


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 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.
Accreditation: 1.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD


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


SURVIVING YOUR NEXT SURVEY

Description: This activity will explain the motivation and focus of the accreditation survey process of various accrediting organizations, with an emphasis on The Joint Commission (TJC) standards relevant to instrument reprocessing. The methodology used for TJC surveys will be discussed and questions that can help learners prepare for a survey will be reviewed.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

Featured Speaker: Bob Marrs, CRCST, CIS, CHL / Director, Consulting Services & Field Operations, Aesculap, Inc.


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

New! Science and Practice of CSD

Overview of CSD

 

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 - Presented by Bob Marrs

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


To schedule a presentation with an Aesculap Representative for any of the above educational programs, please contact Janet.Mahaffey@Aesculap.com


 

Online 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

 


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

 


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RIGID STERILIZATION CONTAINERS

Description: Focuses on the historical development of reusable rigid sterilization containers. Discuss the regulations, guidelines, and recommended practices for the use and care of reusable rigid sterilization containers.
Accreditation: 2.0 Contact Hours, CA Board of Registered Nursing, IAHCSMM and CBSPD

 


PREMIUM OR GRADE SURGICAL 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

 


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

 


RIGID CONTAINERS FOR IMMEIDATE 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

 


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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