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Disinfection/Sterilization: A Primer With A Focus on Use in Healthcare Facilities - December 9, 2020

posted on Nov 11, 2020

Description

Proper cleaning and disinfection/sterilization of devices and surfaces are critical to safely providing care to patients in healthcare facilities. This lecture will provide healthcare personnel with a comprehensive overview of when and how sterilants and disinfectants should be used with a focus on critical instruments/devices (i.e., enter sterile body tissue), semi-critical devices (i.e., have contact with mucous membranes or non-intact skin) and non-critical devices and surfaces (i.e., have contact only with intact skin). The following will also be discussed: the ideal disinfectant, monitoring cleaning effectiveness of surfaces, no touch methods of room disinfection, and how to manage a breach in proper disinfection/sterilization of medical instruments.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees should be able to:
  • Understand the properties of the ideal disinfectant
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantage of disinfectants/sterilants for use with critical, semi-critical, and non-critical devices and surfaces
  • Understand the Spaulding classification and its use in selecting disinfectants and sterilization methods in healthcare facilities

Presenter: David Weber, MD, MPH, FSHEA, FIDSA, FRCM

PEHSU_Webinars/Speaker_Pic_David_Weber.pngProfessor of Medicine and Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Medical Director, UNC Hospitals’ Departments of Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Prevention)
Associate Chief Medical Officer, UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, NC

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