Clean, Aseptic and Sterile Technique: Infection Prevention in the O.R. and Beyond

When people go to the hospital, or any healthcare provider, they should not contract an infection. Unfortunately, 5 percent of hospitalized patients in the U.S. per year do contract an infection as a result of their care. That’s as many as 1 in 20 patients. These infections result in nearly 75,000 deaths and up to $33 billion in excess medical costs every year.

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients acquire when receiving healthcare treatment, whether in an inpatient or outpatient setting. These infections are mostly preventable, but only if healthcare providers adopt comprehensive programs to eliminate HAIs.

As a sales rep, you don’t need to carry out disinfection or sterilization procedures – but you do need to understand the basic principles so that you understand your customers’ needs, promote clean practices, and have the expertise to recommend the appropriate products.

This course will cover:
  • The difference between clean, aseptic, and sterile technique, and when to use each one
  • Operating room protocols
  • The commonly used “SCRIPT” method to prepare for and carry out procedures in facilities while minimizing infection risks
  • Implications for healthcare salespeople
Format:  Text Format (PDF)
Pages:  22
Last Updated:  4/14/2021