Experts estimate that 60% of surgical site infections can be prevented and that any failure in the reprocessing area could have major impacts on patients and staff.

This two-part advanced course on the management of surgical instrumentation covers the decision process of whether to disinfect or sterilize and how to reprocess instruments effectively, using evidence-based guidelines from AORN and AAMI.

Learn & Apply:

  • Top scoring issues organizations are cited for in failing to reduce risks of infection when related to cleaning and disinfecting surgical instruments. 
  • The different Spaulding Classifications
  • When to disinfect and when to sterilize
  • The process for cleaning and disinfecting critical instruments which includes; pre-cleaning, transport of instrument sterilization process and storage instruments.


Course Curriculum

Denise Smith Presenter

Hi, I’m Denise Smith

Denise is a RN with an extensive background in Infection Prevention and Control for perioperative settings, sterile processing and quality management.  Additionally, she has served as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and an avid healthcare quality educator, she has served as adjunct faculty at Saint Elizabeth College in Morristown, NJ, where she focused on issues in healthcare management, technology, the environment and strategic planning. In her Quality Improvement roles, she has assisted organizations with regulatory readiness, plans of correction, infection control, policy development and medical staff credentialing. 

As a Registered Nurse, Denise’s experience includes managing patient care settings and departments, such as   Surgery, Endoscopy, Hemodialysis, Cardiac Cath Labs, Orthopedics, Med-Surg, and Sterile Processing among others. She has also served on the Executive team as the Vice President of Patient Services.  With her extensive healthcare experience, Denise serves as a knowledgeable resource to new and existing clients, helping to guide them through their accreditation and regulatory needs.

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