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Decontamination in a Veterinary Hospital - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter will guide you through the types of decontamination that are necessary for keeping a veterinary hospital safe. You'll learn the difference between cleaning and sterilization, as well as other decontamination methods.
As you progress through the chapter, you'll find out about the areas in a veterinary hospital that need to be cleaned. You'll also learn how to clean specific areas, such as exam rooms, versus other places. Once you've viewed all of the lessons in this chapter, you should be able to:
- Differentiate among sanitation, cleaning, disinfection, antisepsis, and sterilization
- Explain cold and hot sterilization methods and their corresponding solutions
- Identify ways to prevent the spread of disease in veterinary hospitals
- Discuss the different areas that must be cleaned and the best methods for each
- Discover the importance of hand-washing in veterinary medicine
- Explain common antiseptics and disinfectants used in veterinary medicine
Each video lesson is taught by a professional instructor. Once you've watched these, you can see how much you know by taking our short self-assessment quizzes. If you need to review a key term, use one of the video tags that will bring you right back to the corresponding point in the video. Or, feel free to click on a link for a key term, which will provide a text lesson with more information about that topic.
1. Decontamination at a Veterinary Hospital: Surfaces & Living Tissue
This lesson will go over the four main kinds of decontamination processes: cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, and antisepsis, as well as examples of how they may be used in a veterinary setting.
2. Antiseptics & Disinfectants in Veterinary Hospitals
In this lesson, we're going to go over the more common names of solutions used in disinfection, antisepsis, and cold (chemical) sterilization in veterinary medicine.
3. 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.
4. What Is Ethylene Oxide? - Uses, Safety & Technology
This lesson will discuss how a type of gas, called ethylene oxide, can sterilize equipment. We'll talk about the way by which it does this, what its advantages are, as well as the dangers it poses to human health if used improperly.
5. Cold Chemical Sterilization in Medicine
This lesson will discuss cold chemical sterilization, which instruments are suitable for this, and some important solution names that are used in medicine for it. After the video, be sure to check out the quiz questions.
6. Decreasing the Spread of Disease at Veterinary Hospitals
This lesson will go over some of the methods you can use to help decrease the spread of disease on a daily basis at the veterinary hospital where you work.
7. Hand-Washing & Cleaning in Veterinary Medicine
This lesson will describe simple but important points regarding physical cleaning in a veterinary hospital as well as proper hand hygiene (including whether or not it's ok to wear rings).
8. Cleaning Important Veterinary Hospital Areas
This lesson will explain the basics of how to clean the exam room and why it's important. It will also mention the many other areas and objects that need to be cleaned in the veterinary hospital.
9. Cleaning Different Types of Rooms in a Veterinary Hospital
This lesson will go over some special considerations about cleaning and taking out the trash in many different areas of the hospital: the waiting room, treatment room, lab room, and more.
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Other chapters within the Veterinary Assistant Exam: Prep & Study Guide course
- The Veterinary Medical Team
- Veterinary Ethics & Jurisprudence
- Veterinary Hospital Layout & Purpose
- Working at a Veterinary Hospital
- Medical Equipment in Veterinary Medicine
- Occupational Health and Safety in Veterinary Medicine
- Zoonotic Diseases
- Veterinary Office Management
- Veterinary Assistant Exam Flashcards