Instrument Processing: Step-by-step with Quality Assurance Systems* - On Demand Access

Instrument processing is a core component for providing high-quality care to patients. A clear understanding of correct protocols and processes are vital to patient and team safety. This 90-minute webinar will focus on the current CDC guidelines for disinfection and sterilization of patient care items, related OSHA and AAMI standards as well as best practices for instrument processing. The importance of IFU (instructions for use) will be discussed along with information from the FDA. Each step of instrument processing will be reviewed, including the quality assurance systems of physical, chemical and biological verification monitoring.

*Indicates that this activity is approved by AAOMS for continuing dental education credit ONLY.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Define each step in the instrument processing pathway.  
  2. Apply current CDC guidelines for quality assurance monitoring in a practice.  
  3. Explain the rational for compliance to stated guidelines.

An Internet-based CDE Activity
Original Release Date: May 18, 2022
Expiration Date: May 18, 2025
Estimated time to complete this educational activity: 1.5 hours
Method of participation: Self-Study

Katherine F. Schrubbe, PhD, MEd, RDH

Katherine Schrubbe is an independent consultant on OSHA and dental infection control. She earned a PhD and master’s degree in education at Marquette University and holds a Wisconsin dental hygienist license. She has served in corporate dentistry on an executive team and has extensive experience in dental education at Marquette University School of Dentistry. She served on the faculty and in clinic administration responsible for compliance, risk management and quality assurance. She is active in many professional organizations and committees, including the Wisconsin Dental Association and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and serves as a member of the Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board. She contributes to the scientific literature on OSHA and infection control topics, provides continuing education programs nationally and consults with private practices for required OSHA training and other compliance-related services.

Disclosures: No relevant conflict of interests were reported.

Continuing Education Provider Approval
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education.

ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credit(s).

AGD - Accepted Program Provider
Provider ID# 214680


Faculty and Planner Disclosure
5 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  1 attempt  |  0/5 points to pass
Instrument Processing: Step-by-step with Quality Assurance Systems
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  3/5 points to pass
11 Questions
1.50 CDE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 CDE credits  |  Certificate available