Cleaning and Disinfecting Surgical Instruments: Learn Evidence-Based Methods to Manage Surgical Instrumentation


This two-part advanced course on the management of surgical instrumentation covers the decision process of whether to disinfect or sterilize and how to reprocess instruments effectively, using evidence-based guidelines from AORN and AAMI

Experts estimate that 60% of surgical site infections can be prevented and that any failure in the reprocessing area could have a major impact on infectious risk for patients and staff.


Learn & Apply

  • Top organization compliance gaps cited for failing to reduce risks of infection as related to cleaning and disinfecting surgical instruments.
  • The Spaulding Classifications to determine what level of disinfection is needed
  • Potential pitfalls in cleaning and disinfection processes
  • The critical steps for cleaning and disinfecting instruments starting with removing bioburden at point of use

Meet the course instructor on Cleaning and Disinfecting Surgical Instruments

Denise Smith is a RN with an extensive background in Infection Prevention and Control for perioperative settings, sterile processing and quality management. Additionally, she has served as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and an avid healthcare quality educator, she has served as adjunct faculty at Saint Elizabeth College in Morristown, NJ, where she focused on issues in healthcare management, technology, the environment and strategic planning. In her Quality Improvement roles, she has assisted organizations with regulatory readiness, plans of correction, infection control, policy development and medical staff credentialing.

As a Registered Nurse, Denise’s experience includes managing patient care settings and departments, such as Surgery, Endoscopy, Hemodialysis, Cardiac Cath Labs, Orthopedics, Med-Surg, and Sterile Processing among others. She has also served on the Executive team as the Vice President of Patient Services. With her extensive healthcare experience, Denise serves as a knowledgeable resource to new and existing clients, helping to guide them through their accreditation and regulatory needs.

Reduce the risk of surgical site infections by following our cleaning and disinfecting surgical instrument guidance in this course. Interested in our Nursing Contact Hours opportunity?

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