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Medical Assisting > Infection Control
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This module is part of a 2-volume set. Part 2 provides knowledge of proper sterilization techniques of medical equipment to help prevent the spread of disease through contaminated equipment.

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Healthcare professionals are at risk of exposure to a wide variety of diseases through patients who are treated in the medical office. The equipment and treatment room surfaces are often exposed to blood and other tissues and therefore are at risk for becoming contaminated. If proper infection control is not in place, infections can easily be transmitted through the office from the blood or tissue of the patients being treated, as well as the surfaces that are touched. Therefore, infection control and proper disinfection and sterilization procedures must be followed to minimize the risk of disease transmission and provide safety to the healthcare professionals and patients they treat.

You’ll learn

  • pre-procedure considerations
  • methods of sterilization
  • the process for sterilizing instruments
  • how to demonstrate sterilization procedures
  • techniques for maintaining quality assurance
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)
Step 0 - Introduction
Step 1 - Sterilization
Step 1.1 - Autoclave Sterilization
Step 1.2 - Flash sterilization
Step 1.3 - Dry-heat sterilization
Step 1.4 - Chemical vapor sterilization
Step 1.5 - Cold sterilization
Step 2 - Preparation for sterilizing instruments
Step 2.1 - Transporting instruments for sterilization
Step 2.2 - Pre-cleaning instruments
Step 2.3 - Packaging instruments
Step 3 - Sterilization process
Step 3.1 - Autoclave sterilization process
Step 3.2 - Flash sterilization process
Step 3.3 - Dry-heat sterilization process
Step 3.4 - Chemical vapor sterilization process
Step 3.5 - Instrument storage after sterilization
Step 4 - Quality assurance
Step 4.1 - Chemical monitoring
Step 4.2 - Physical monitoring
Step 4.3 - Biological monitoring
Step 4.4 - Sterilization failure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for sterilization.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for sterilizing and protecting against bloodborne pathogens.
  • Describe methods of sterilization.
  • Describe and demonstrate sterilization procedures.
  • Know the correct post-procedure considerations following sterilization.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting procedures.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Understand Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. Understand correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA), Patient Safety Act, and Patients' Bill of Rights.

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