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Sterilization in the Perioperative Setting

This course provides guidance on the different types of sterilizers, methods for maintaining the sterility of items, and processing monitoring devices.

The creation and maintenance of an aseptic environment has a direct influence on patient outcomes. A major responsibility of the perioperative registered nurse is to minimize patient risk for surgical site infection. One of the measures for preventing surgical site infections is to provide surgical items that are free of contamination at the time of use. This can be accomplished by subjecting them to cleaning and decontamination, followed by a sterilization process. Sterilization provides the highest level of assurance that surgical items are free of viable microbes.

Gap Analysis/Purpose

This course provides the perioperative nurse with guidance for sterilizing items to be used in the surgical environment. After completing the course, the learner will have a basic understanding of different types of sterilizers, methods to maintain the sterility of sterile items, and process monitoring devices.


  • Distinguish between different sterilization methods.
  • Identify how to maintain the sterility of sterile items.
  • Distinguish between different types of sterilization process monitoring devices.

1.4 Contact Hours

Expires 6/30/20

Course Requirements

To receive 1.4 contact hours for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 118 questions.

Accreditation, Disclaimer and Copyright


This program is approved for 4.0 hours of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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