About the Course
Sterilization of medical and surgical instruments is a significant process that helps prevent the spread of pathogens. It is of utmost importance to carry out this procedure before and after every medical procedure in order to prevent the spread of germs and contaminants, not only among patients but also medical professionals. Personnel working in the Central Service Department must be well versed with every procedure and each step involved in it. Hygiene is the first step toward preventing the spread of disease and contamination.
The VR training modules in this Sterile Processing program are designed to help learners practice each step in the several procedures associated with instrument sterilization process. Practicing in a virtual environment creates a real-world scenario helping learners better associate with actual working conditions and get seasoned for real-life jobs.
- Ability to perform foundational central sterile processing technique
- Knowledge of hey equipment required
The process of decontamination involves neutralizing or removing of dangerous substances, radioactive elements, germs and other contaminants from objects and equipment. Proper execution of this step is critical for controlling further spread of contaminants. This training program is equipped with instruments and tools required for the procedure. The step-by-step affordances ensure that the learner effectively completes each task in the process from preparing to clean objects to rinsing, and becomes equipped to replicate the process in a real-world scenario.
Disinfection involves the process of removing almost all pathogenic microorganisms from inanimate objects. This involves the use of chemical agents that help clean the surfaces of instruments. In this VR training, learners will be able to interact in a virtual environment of a Central Service Department unit and perform the necessary steps in the procedure. Tasks are designed to ensure every step is performed in such a manner to help learners not only learn the process but also understand it.
Packaging of instruments is another important step in the process of instrument sterilization. Personnel working in the Central Service Department must be well versed and efficient in this process. With multiple instruments and equipment to be sterilized and packaged the process requires smooth functioning, ensuring every package is accurately packed. In this training program, learners get to practice their packaging skills for the Flat Simultaneous Envelope Packaging skills. Learners will be provided with appropriate affordances that replicate real-life working conditions. The task design includes step-by-step progression, making sure that no step is missed and learners get a complete practice session.
When packaged instruments and objects are ready for sterilization they need to be properly loaded into the sterilizer. Not all packages are of the same size and type. Depending upon the type, packages are placed in the sterilizer. This again, requires some amount of practice to remember what goes where. Large number of packages to be loaded with the added pressures of work calls for spontaneous and quick actions. Through this training program, learners can practice the procedure and get thoroughly acquainted with the process.
Use of PPE
As a sterile processing technician, there are different types of tasks to be performed in a central sterile processing unit. All tasks require the technician to wear some kind of PPE equipment. There are slight variations for varying tasks. The best way to get acquainted with the correct PPE for a particular task is to practice. In this VR simulation program, learners will be able to practice selecting and wearing PPE equipment for tasks performed in a decontamination area, clean assembly area and an unrestricted area. Adequate affordances are provided for efficient and effective practice sessions.
When working in a sterile processing unit, a technician must develop a sterile conscience or surgical conscience. Every item used for patient care must be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized. Any sterilized item that comes in contact with a contaminated item must go through the entire sterilization process. Sorting of items is a critical step in this process, calling for extreme care and efficiency. In this Infection Prevention program, learners will practice the task of sorting items for different stages of sterile processing. With adequate affordances, learners will learn to identify and correctly differentiate between items requiring decontamination, disinfection, sterilization and so on.