Infection Prevention - Test Your Instrument Reprocessing Acumen
Our quiz tackles sterilization and high-level disinfection protocols.
Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC
Ensuring surgical instruments have been reprocessed correctly is the cornerstone of infection prevention. Endoscopes and arthroscopes have different requirements from your typical wrapped packs, while "reposable" single-use devices (SUDs) have rules of their own. This 6-question quiz will test your knowledge of central sterile processing.
1. Which of the following is true about your SUDs?; 2. After sterilization, wrapped instrument packs are placed into storage. For how long are the instruments inside these packs considered sterile?; 3. External indicator tape on wrapped packs changes color to indicate appropriate temperatures have been achieved inside the sterilizer chamber. Attaching this type of chemical indicator to each pack ensures sterilization.; 4. For reprocessing purposes, items such as colonoscopes and laryngoscopes are considered which of the following?; 5. Retesting of a sterilizer should be performed in all of the... show all keywords
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