Medical Device Reprocessing

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Program Description

This program blends theory with hands on application of theoretical principles delivered through course work and a 150 hour field placement. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills for career opportunities in hospitals, surgical centres and health care settings related to the sterilization, preparation and storage of equipment, instruments and supplies. Students will learn critical techniques in safe handling instrumentation, infection control and aseptic techniques.


Program Requirements

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
  Expected Availability
  Credits Fall Winter Summer
Medical Terminology & AnatomyHLTH-1209 3 Yes Yes
This basic course will focus on the anatomical structure and functions of the human body and the related terminology used to describe body parts, structure, and function. Related terminology will also include general or symptomatic terms, diagnostic terms, surgical procedures and abbreviations.
Human RelationsMGMT-1107 2 Yes Yes
This course teaches you what makes people 'tick' and how to keep them going! You will gain practical insights into more effective ways to handle people and improve your overall performance.
Microbiology & InfectionHLTH-1118 3 Yes Yes
This course introduces the student to the sterile processing role and environment which includes microbiology, infection control, aseptic technique and workplace environmental hazards.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Ident, Care, Handling of InstrumentationHLTH-1119 3 Yes Yes
This course introduces the student to instrument classification, specifics of proper handling techniques and recognition of common problems related to instrument usage. Upon successful completion students will differentiate and recognize surgical instrumentation required for various surgical procedures.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Decontamination, Principles, ProceduresHLTH-1105 3 Yes Yes
Students are introduced to the principles of decontamination including instrument/equipment disassembly, various methods of cleaning/disinfection, use of decontamination equipment (automated), proper workflow, standard precautions and the safe handling of sharps and medical bio-hazardous waste material. NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Assembly, Wrapping & PackingHLTH-1108 2 Yes Yes
This course introduces students to the proper techniques for the assembly, wrapping and/or packaging of surgical instruments, supplies and patient care equipment. Advances in surgical technique have resulted in the regular use of a wide assortment of complex and sophisticated surgical instrumentation. Healthcare professionals need to make sure these delicate and expensive items are protected, and sterilized according to the medical device manufacturer's written instructions to minimize and eliminate patient risk.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Disinfection & Sterile ConceptsHLTH-1110 3 Yes Yes
The proper sterilization of medical devices, surgical instruments, supplies and equipment utilized in direct patient care and surgery is a critical aspect of the modern health care delivery system and directly impacts patient safety. Sterilization is a complex process, it's imperative technicians involved in the reprocessing and sterilization of medical devices have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methods of sterilization utilized in today's health care settings. In this course many of these principles will be introduced and common sterilization processes will be compared and evaluated.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Sterile Storage, Inventory & ManagementHLTH-1112 2 Yes Yes
This course introduces students to sterile storage, inventory control, distribution systems including the case care system, portering, and stock rotation.NOTE: Final exam must be proctored
Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing IntroHLTH-1288 3 Yes Yes Yes
This course will review the disinfecting, cleaning and sterilization of endoscopes.
Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 6 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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Learning outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the principles of infection control and personal protection in the decontamination, packaging and sterilization of instruments and equipment;
  2. Perform decontamination procedures and practices for patient care equipment and surgical instruments;
  3. Prepare equipment and supplies for sterilization;
  4. Package instruments and supplies;
  5. Sterile instruments and supplies;
  6. Clean, check and prepare micro-instruments for sterilization;
  7. Identify predictable problems in the care of handling of instrumentation;
  8. Identify the principles of inventory control, sterile storage and distribution of supplies;
  9. Communicate effectively with co-workers;
  10. Utilize knowledge of the role of the sterile processing technician in relation to the patient, the team, and the health care system and appreciate the importance of the team approach;
  11. Utilize their knowledge and apply the Canadian Sterilization Association Standards and the Occupational Health and Safety Standards in the practice setting.

Program Details

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Health and Nursing