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“Driving to Zero: The Rationale for Every Load Monitoring Across Sterilization Modalities”

3M Health Care Academy* presents…“Driving to Zero: The Rationale for Every Load Monitoring Across Sterilization Modalities”

In healthcare, the objective is to continually raise the bar for patient safety to ensure positive patient outcomes. The sterile processing department plays a critical role in meeting this goal. While there are many essential tools in the sterilization quality assurance toolbox, the biological indicator (BI) is the only monitoring tool that directly measures the lethality (killing power) of the sterilization process. This presentation will explore the fundamentals of steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization, the sterilization quality assurance tools available to monitor the effectiveness of the processes, and the rationale for performing every load monitoring (ELM) with a BI regardless of the sterilization modality.

Learning Objectives  |  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Review the key risks of surgical and healthcare acquired infections
  • Differentiate the two primary modalities of sterilization: steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VH2O2)
  • Cite the relevant AORN, ANSI/AAMI and CSA guidelines pertaining to quality assurance monitoring across modalities
  • Describe the technology behind the “king” of monitoring tools: the Biological Indicator (BI)
  • Explain the rationale for Every Load Monitoring (ELM)


Sarah Sholes Antonelli, BA, CSPDT, CFER  |  Clinical Specialist  |  Medical Solutions Division of 3M

Jennifer Zeck, RN, BSN, CRCST, CER, CIS  |  Clinical Specialist  |   3M

Target Audience:  Nursing, Sterile Processing

Continuing Education: 3M is an approved provider by The California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider Number CEP 5770. Each Device Reprocessing 1-hour web meeting is approved by IAHCSMM, HSPA and CBSPD. These programs provide 1.0 CE contact hour.

Questions should be directed to:  3MHealthCareAcademy@mmm.com

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