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Aseptic Techniques Training

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Faculty: Becca Kalivas, RN BSN

Successful Completion: Complete entire module, complete the exam with a passing score of 80% or better, and complete the evaluation form.

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 60 minutes.

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Healthcare-associated infections are a cause of great concern and are estimated to affect 2 million people each year. Those who work in the healthcare field should perform their duties in a manner that minimizes the spread of infectious microorganisms. Having a solid understanding and employing the principles of aseptic technique will help reach this goal.

Course includes a video and audio component with stand-alone exam

Aseptic Techniques Course FAQs 

What is aseptic technique training?

Healthcare-associated infections are a cause of serious concern and are estimated to affect 2 million people each year. Aseptic technique training is designed for professionals who work in the healthcare industry to help you perform your responsibilities in a manner that reduces the spread of infectious microorganisms. The training provides a solid understanding of the correct procedures to follow when performing aseptic techniques and employing the principles of aseptic technique to help you reach this goal. 


Training is necessary to execute the aseptic technique correctly. Additionally, the use of specialized tools and appropriate training are required for aseptic technique.  


What is the purpose of aseptic technique training? 

The purpose of aseptic technique training is to teach you how to eliminate germs entirely by implementing strict rules to reduce the risk of infection. Aseptic technique is an essential infection prevention method for protecting patients from healthcare-associated infection.  


Keeping things as clean as you can is the easiest and safest approach to avoiding infection, which is what aseptic technique helps accomplish. It's intended to prevent infection during medical procedures by keeping harmful bacteria and other pathogens out of wounds. Surgery and even routine IV lines would be significantly riskier without the implementation of these techniques. 


What are 4 common aseptic techniques?

Barriers, patient and equipment preparation, environmental controls, and contact guidelines are the four common aseptic techniques. Each should be strictly followed as they are critical in preventing infections during a medical procedure.


1.) Barriers

Barriers prevent germs from being transferred to the patient from the environment, from a healthcare provider, or from both. Sterile barriers are those that have not been in contact with a contaminated surface. They are cleaned and wrapped with careful care. They are worn by healthcare workers or are used in particular ways that reduce germ exposure.


Aseptic technique barriers include: 

  • Sterile gloves
  • Sterile gowns
  • Sterile drapes
  • Masks for the patient and healthcare provider
  • Protective wrappers on sterilized instruments


2.) Patient and Equipment Preparation

Sterile tools and equipment are used by healthcare professionals. Before a procedure, they clean the patient's skin and apply bacterial-killing solutions to further protect the patient.


Aseptic preparation involves:

  • Disinfecting a patient’s skin using antiseptic wipes
  • Sterilizing equipment and tools before a procedure
  • Keeping sterilized instruments inside plastic wrappers to prevent contamination before use


3.) Environmental Controls

Keeping doors closed is necessary to keep a sterile environment throughout an operation. Only the absolutely necessary medical professionals should be present. There is more potential for dangerous bacteria to contaminate the area when there are more people present.


Ensuring an aseptic environment requires:

  • Keeping doors closed
  • Reducing movement in and out of the aseptic environment
  • Limiting entry to necessary workers only
  • Permitting only one patient per aseptic field


4.) Contact Guidelines

A healthcare professional must adhere to the sterile-to-sterile contact guidelines after washing their hands and applying sterile barriers. Any contact between sterile and non-sterile materials is forbidden by these guidelines.


At this stage, only sterile objects and surfaces may be touched by healthcare providers, and non-sterile objects and surfaces must be always avoided.


Sterile devices must follow the same rules. A healthcare professional must remove the device and re-sterilize it before use if a sterile instrument drops to the floor and the wrapper is damaged.


Following contact guidelines would look like: 

  • Healthcare providers taking drastic measures not to touch any nonsterile surface with their hands.

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Course Demo

This demo video is a small example of this course’s content, it is not representative of the full course and the level of engagement required.

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe why asepsis is important in the health care setting
  • List the difference between medical and surgical asepsis
  • Recall the chain of infection
  • Identify methods of decreasing the spread of infection
  • List the steps in routine hand hygiene and a surgical hand scrub
  • Compare the different ways one can correctly apply sterile gowns and gloves
  • Explain the main principles of surgical asepsis

Table of Contents

Aseptic Technique

Table of Contents:

  • Aseptic Technique
  • Legal Notice
  • Purpose of Course
  • Learning Objectives
  • An Introduction to Asepsis
  • Microorganisms that Cause Infections
  • The Chain of Infection
  • Antiseptics, Disinfectants, and Sterilization
  • OSHA’s Universal Precautions and CDC’s Standard Precautions
  • Main Elements of Standard Precautions
  • CDC’s Transmission-Based Precautions
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Routine Hand Hygiene
  • Hand Hygiene Using Alcohol-Based Antiseptic Hand Rub
  • Sterile/Surgical Hand Hygiene
  • Traditional Surgical Hand Scrub
  • Surgical Hand Scrub Using Alcohol-Based Rub
  • Applying and Removing Sterile Gowns and Gloves
  • Purpose of Sterile Gowns and Gloves
  • Open Method for Applying Sterile Gloves
  • Closed Method for Applying Sterile Gown and Gloves
  • Assisted Method for Applying Sterile Gloves
  • Important Considerations for Applying Sterile Gowns and Gloves
  • Removing Sterile Gown and Gloves
  • Surgical Asepsis
  • Principles of Surgical Asepsis
  • End of Course Quiz


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