Login

Ch 6: Asepsis & Infection Control in Nursing

About This Chapter

Deepen your understanding of asepsis and infection control in nursing by taking advantage of this chapter's helpful study resources. Engaging lessons, short quizzes and a practice exam can improve your knowledge of this subject and enhance your ability to excel on an upcoming test.

Asepsis & Infection Control in Nursing - Chapter Summary

This chapter can boost your confidence as you study infection prevention and control in the healthcare setting. Short lessons provide a comprehensive analysis of this subject, covering topics that include sterilization, medical and surgical asepsis and the role of the CDC. Completing this chapter will enable you to:

  • List the basic principles of infection control
  • Discuss the role of the CDC and OSHA in standard precautions
  • Differentiate between medical asepsis and surgical asepsis
  • Describe antiseptics, disinfectants and sterilization
  • Compare and contrast aseptic technique and sterile technique
  • Define an autoclave and discuss the importance of moist heat sterilization
  • Explain the use of alcohol as a disinfectant and antiseptic

View one, several or all the lessons in this chapter based on how much you already know about asepsis and infection control. Revisit the lessons as many times as you'd like, and take the accompanying quizzes to test your knowledge of the concepts they cover. If you have questions about specific lesson topics, be sure to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard. When you're ready, take the practice exam to ensure you fully understand this chapter.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Asepsis & Infection Control in Nursing
Basic Principles of Infection Control

1. Basic Principles of Infection Control

We are going to gain an understanding of microorganisms and what it means to be pathogenic. This lesson will go on to discuss the importance of infection control.

Role of the CDC & OSHA in Standard Precautions

2. Role of the CDC & OSHA in Standard Precautions

We are going to look at the two governing agencies for standard precautions: the CDC and OSHA. This lesson will go into their respective roles in regards to standard precautions.

Medical Asepsis: Precautions & Case Example

3. Medical Asepsis: Precautions & Case Example

Medical asepsis is a complex and very important topic. This lesson introduces you to its definition, core aspects, and tests your knowledge with a case example.

Surgical Asepsis: Sterilization & the Surgical Conscience

4. Surgical Asepsis: Sterilization & the Surgical Conscience

This lesson will define surgical asepsis, outline the different types of sterilization procedures, and go over the important concept of maintaining a surgical (sterile) conscience.

Antiseptics, Disinfectants & Sterilization

5. Antiseptics, Disinfectants & Sterilization

This lesson will discuss the differences between antisepsis, disinfection, and sterilization as well as some of the methods used for sterilization and antiseptic compounds you may have used yourself.

Aseptic Technique vs. Sterile Technique

6. Aseptic Technique vs. Sterile Technique

In this lesson, we will briefly review the differences between aseptic technique and sterile technique. We will also focus on distinguishing the level of cleanliness required in each method.

Autoclaves and Moist Heat Sterilization: Use With Surgical Tools

7. Autoclaves and Moist Heat Sterilization: Use With Surgical Tools

This lesson will discuss what an autoclave is, how it works, and what it's used for. We'll also discuss the disadvantages of an autoclave, bacterial endospores, and how sterilization is important in the context of nosocomial infections.

Using Alcohol as a Disinfectant and Antiseptic

8. Using Alcohol as a Disinfectant and Antiseptic

This lesson will discuss how alcohol can be used as a disinfectant and antiseptic but not a sterilant. We'll also talk about what it kills and doesn't kill and why ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol are the two most commonly used alcohol-based disinfectants.

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 95 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support