Ch 6: Infection Control & Sterilization

About This Chapter

Increase or refresh your knowledge of infection control and sterilization processes and principles with the use of these video and text lessons. Go over term definitions and techniques that would generally need to be understood by those seeking entry into the nursing field.

Infection Control & Sterilization - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, experienced instructors will guide you through step-by-step processes regarding how to sterilize one's hands and surgical tools as well as the use of antiseptics and disinfectants in medical settings. You'll learn how to use hand sanitizers and alcohol while looking at the importance of maintaining hand hygiene when working in the healthcare field.

Video lessons contain illustrations and examples to help you better understand the material. Once you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of infection control
  • Understand the development of disease and differentiate between infections and diseases
  • Describe the chain of infection
  • Define medical and surgical asepsis
  • Discuss the terms antiseptic, disinfectant and sterilization
  • Tell the difference between normal and transient flora
  • Detail proper hand-washing techniques before performing surgery
  • Choose the right hand sanitizer and apply techniques for putting on and removing non-sterile gloves
  • Use autoclaves to sterilize surgical tools
  • Understand the use of alcohol as a disinfectant and antiseptic
  • Relate how asepsis is transmitted

Short, engaging video lessons provide effective means to review this material and make the learning experience easy and fun. You can print lesson transcripts and use them as quick reference guides to help you study for tests or review them before class discussions. Self-assessment quizzes found at the end of each lesson helps you to determine how much you have learned and which topics you might need to further review.

14 Lessons in Chapter 6: Infection Control & Sterilization
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery

2. Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery

This lesson will teach you about the five basic steps of the development of disease, what they are called, and what occurs during each phase. We'll talk about the incubation and prodromal period as well as the periods of convalescence, decline, and illness.

The Differences Between Infection and Disease

3. The Differences Between Infection and Disease

This lesson will go over the differences between an infection and a disease. We'll cover everything from prions and infectivity to opportunistic infections and idiopathic disease. We'll also learn what the etiology of disease is and much more.

Chain of Infection: Definition & Example

4. Chain of Infection: Definition & Example

Infectious disease results from the interaction of an agent, a host, and an environment. Most of these diseases follow a typical chain of infection that ends with an infected host. Understanding the chain of infection can help with both the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

Medical Asepsis: Precautions & Case Example

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

What Are Normal Flora & Transient Flora? - Definitions

8. What Are Normal Flora & Transient Flora? - Definitions

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the major difference between normal and transient flora, as well as a couple examples of each and how all this applies day to day.

Hand Hygiene for Health Care: When & How to Clean Hands

9. Hand Hygiene for Health Care: When & How to Clean Hands

In this lesson, you're going to learn the definition of hygiene, why hand hygiene is important, and step-by-step instructions on how to properly wash your hands.

How to Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

10. How to Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

In this lesson, you'll learn what is better: washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer. You'll learn what hand sanitizer you need to get and how to properly use one.

How to Apply & Remove Non-Sterile Gloves

11. How to Apply & Remove Non-Sterile Gloves

In this lesson, you're going to learn how to put on and remove non-sterile gloves. By following the steps in this lesson, you'll help keep yourself and your patients safe.

Autoclaves and Moist Heat Sterilization: Use With Surgical Tools

12. 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

13. 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.

Infection Transmission & Susceptibility

14. Infection Transmission & Susceptibility

Avoiding infection in medical settings is critical, especially in people who are already sick or injured. In this lesson we'll learn about how a person becomes infected and risk factors that make them susceptible to infection.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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