Reducing HAIs: Instrument Point of Use Care

Expiration Date
May 10, 2022
Media Format
interactive
MOC Approved
No
Activity Type
Online
Est. Duration
0.75 Hours
Credits
CNE: 0.75

$0

Quantity: 1

Target Audience

Nursing staff working in facilities where reusable medical instruments are used in non-surgical areas and then need to be transported for sterile processing. Other interested healthcare providers are invited to participate.

  • Quality Improvement

Description

Recent headlines and news reports have proclaimed that thousands of patients in hospitals have potentially been exposed to infectious diseases due to improperly sterilized instruments. One of the causes of this issue could be biofilm – a thin, sticky film of bacteria that can form on any surface of instruments. For proper sterilization to occur, cleaning at the point of use and special care from point of use to instrument reprocessing is needed. Unfortunately, this problem may go undetected until a serious consequence, such as an outbreak of infections, occurs. This activity will provide guidance to facility staff for situations when medical instruments are used in one area and the contaminated items are processed in a separate location.

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the recommended practices for use in the care of reusable medical instruments from the point of use to the terminal processing area.
  2. Explain the rationale for using transport gel at the point of instrument use.
  3. Evaluate your facility’s current practices related to the care and transport of contaminated reusable medical instruments.

Release Date:
May 10, 2019
Expiration Date:
May 10, 2022

Copyright Information

Copyright © 2019

CNE Information

LAMMICO/Medical Interactive designates this enduring material for 0.75 contact hour(s). LAMMICO/Medical Interactive is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Learning Assessment

There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Method and Medium

To obtain CNE credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and posttest and print your certificate online.

Analyzing decades of medical malpractice claim data has led the MI faculty to narrow our focus to pinpoint the most important roots of patient safety issues across a host of medical specialties. When we boil down our collection of risk management education topics, these key concepts most keenly respond to the roots of patient safety issues: 

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Cognition

Error in the mental action or process of learning can lead to adverse events stemming from inaccurate or incomplete thinking, perceiving, experiencing, recognizing, remembering and judging. Courses marked with this designation indicate that information presented within that specific education activity will illuminate actionable ways to improve analysis and synthesis of information, diagnosis and clinical decision making. 


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Communication

Misunderstandings can lead to adverse events arising from errors in written, verbal and non-verbal information exchange. Courses marked with this designation indicate that concepts presented within that specific education activity will feature actionable ways to improve mutual understanding between healthcare providers and/or between medical professionals and their patients. 


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Performance

Reactive behavior resulting in inaccuracy, incompletion, expensive and untimely tasks can lead to adverse events arising from poor execution of an action and/or fulfillment of a request. Courses marked with this designation indicate that the specific education activity will present realistic ways to apply learning, implement changes in a medical practice, improve competencies, critically assess performance, and utilize and incorporate evidence-based best practices. 


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Professionalism

Breach of competency standards and ethical values can result in adverse events stemming from a misunderstanding of professional expectations. Courses marked with this designation indicate that the education activity will clarify professional expectations in an effort to improve advocacy and participation, provider wellness, ethical decisions, cultural competence, professional organization participation, and adherence to patient care guidelines. 


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System

System errors in medicine primarily consist of interrelated and interdependent components that habitually influence one another, and can often result in adverse consequences. Courses marked with this designation indicate that the education activity will present ways to address legal and regulatory issues, coordination of care and teamwork, electronic health record IT issues, policies and procedures, cost and risk benefits, and quality improvement activities. 

Disclosure Policy

LAMMICO/Medical Interactive requires planners, speakers, faculty and all those who influence the content of a CNE activity to disclose any financial relationships they have with commercial interests that are relevant to the activity. The disclosures shall be reviewed for any conflict of interest and subject to a mechanism to identify and resolve any conflicts of interest. A disclosure statement of relevant financial relationships will be made to the audience prior to the activity.

Disclosure Statement

The authors, editors, reviewers and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships with an ANCC-defined commercial interest to disclose.

Author(s)

Pamela S. Falk, MPH, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC - Read Bio

Editor(s)

Amanda Martin-Sanchez, MEd, BSN, RN, CNOR - Read Bio

Managing Editor(s)

Dawer Azizi, MHA, BSN, RN, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management

Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Lead Nurse Planner

Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members (Education Council)

Dawer Azizi, MHA, BSN, RN, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management

Geri Cook, RHIA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Risk Management Manager

Carol A. Curran, RNC, MS, OGNP, LAMMICO Senior Perinatal Educator and Medical Interactive Business Specialist

Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Karen K. Davis, MA, CPHRM, LAMMICO CME/CNE Writer/Editor

Joseph Tran, Attorney at Law, Legal Counsel – Medical Interactive

Amanda Martin-Sanchez, MEd, BSN, RN, CNOR, LAMMICO CME/CNE Educator

Lynne Vega, RN, LAMMICO Hospital RM Specialist

Lynda Sanders, LAMMICO Continuing Education Specialist

Karen Tong, Patient Representative and LAMMICO Communication Strategist

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