2022 Symposium on Sterile Processing & Infection Prevention

The 2022 Symposium on Sterile Processing & Infection Prevention, held Oct. 11-13, 2022 during Sterile Processing Week, was a resounding success. The event is now closed to new registrants, but due to overwhelming demand to attend, Healthcare Hygiene magazine/Keystone Media Inc. is making the sessions available here through Dec. 31, 2022. To earn your contact hour of continuing education, you must watch the entire presentation, and then take and pass the CE test with a grade of 80 percent or better. Questions? Email: team@keystonemediainc.com

This session discusses the unique role of education in the sterile processing department (SPD), identifies innovative quality improvement strategies for the SPD using education, and reviews common sterile processing department challenges that can be addressed with education.

This session reviews how training and education is critical to elevating the sterile processing technician’s performance; explores how to design an effective sterile processing department training program; and identifies ways to work with hospital leadership to improve sterile processing departments by leveraging formal education and certifications.

This session reviews the role of The Joint Commission; provide examples of situations that could lead to survey
findings and adverse accreditation decisions; describes the approach for ensuring compliance with Joint Commission Infection Control Standards; and clarifies the role of evidence-based guidelines and consensus documents in the accreditation process.

This session reviews the role and key responsibilities of the hospital-based infection preventionist; reviews the areas in the sterile processing department that fall under the purview of the IP relating to rounding and observations; and discusses how the infection preventionist and the sterile processing team can enhance their communication and collaboration.

This session describes evidence supporting standards and guidelines for training and certification; explains the new recommendations for visual inspection of flexible endoscopes; describes new evidence on splashes and droplet dispersal in sterile processing areas; and identifies practical ways to mitigate splash exposure and protect sterile processing personnel.

This session identifies the difference between a “job” and your career to develop and enhance professionalism in the sterile processing field; discusses the strengths and skills to bring to the table to enhance personal and professional performance, including expertise, commitment, leadership and experience; and reviews ways to grow within the sterile processing profession by developing teaching, writing and presenting skills to become a better communicator in the sterile processing department.