This video introduces the processes involved in cleaning, decontamination, sterilization, and disinfection of instruments and supplies to help perioperative nurses understand the criteria to determine whether an item is safe for use. It is designed to provide the novice nurse with basic knowledge of the complete sterilization process and the expert nurse with an in-depth review of the sterilization process.
Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the process of preparing surgical equipment for sterilization
- Identify different sterilization methods
- Discuss storage and transportation of sterilized items
- Identify the aspects of quality control