Ch 20: Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques chapter of this Microbiology Help and Review course is the simplest way to master sterilization and antiseptic techniques. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of sterilization and antiseptic techniques.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering microbiology material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding antiseptics, disinfectants, pasteurization and sterilization methods.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about sterilization and antiseptic techniques.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra science learning resources at school.

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How do antiseptic, disinfection and sterilization techniques differ?
  • What are some common sterilization procedures?
  • How does pasteurization work, and why is it important?
  • What are some common types of antiseptics and disinfectants?
  • How does alcohol function as both an antiseptic and disinfectant?
  • Can the use of ethylene oxide in sterilization be dangerous?

19 Lessons in Chapter 20: Sterilization and Antiseptic Techniques: Help and Review
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Antiseptics, Disinfectants & Sterilization

1. 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.

Autoclaves and Moist Heat Sterilization: Use With Surgical Tools

2. 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.

Sterilization by Irradiation: Method & Types

3. Sterilization by Irradiation: Method & Types

This lesson will talk about ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, what they're used for and what the different types are. For example, we'll touch base on gamma irradiation, electron irradiation, x-ray irradiation and U.V. radiation.

What Is Gas Plasma Sterilization? - Definition and Applications

4. What Is Gas Plasma Sterilization? - Definition and Applications

This lesson discusses something known as plasma as well as hydrogen peroxide gas plasma, ions, electrons, and more. We'll talk about how gas plasma is used for sterilization and what it kills.

Sterilization by Filtration: Advantages & Disadvantages

5. Sterilization by Filtration: Advantages & Disadvantages

This lesson will cover how sterilization may be achieved through the process of filtration. We'll discuss how it works, what it is, its advantages and disadvantages, and much more.

What Is Pasteurization? - Definition & Common Uses

6. What Is Pasteurization? - Definition & Common Uses

This lesson will discuss pasteurization, Louis Pasteur, and mastitis. We'll focus in on how pasteurization works, what it's used on, and why it's important to your health.

Understanding How Sterilization Is Quantified

7. Understanding How Sterilization Is Quantified

This lesson will describe what certain values, such as the D-value, F-value, Z-value, and thermal death time mean and how to calculate the D-value given certain specified criteria.

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.

What Are Phenol Disinfectants? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

9. What Are Phenol Disinfectants? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

We will explore a disinfectant known as phenol. We'll cover what its mechanism of action is, what it can and cannot kill, its advantages and disadvantages and its involvement in enzyme systems.

Chlorine and Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: Advantages and Disadvantages

10. Chlorine and Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: Advantages and Disadvantages

This lesson covers the very common and well-known disinfectants chlorine and quaternary ammonium. We will talk about their advantages, disadvantages, and uses in addition to the types of microbes they can kill.

What Are Peroxide Antiseptics? - Definition, Types & Uses

11. What Are Peroxide Antiseptics? - Definition, Types & Uses

We will discuss chemical substances known as peroxides. You'll learn about hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid as well as the way by which they kill microbes and whether or not they are used as a sterilant, disinfectant, or antiseptic.

What Is Ethylene Oxide? - Uses, Safety & Technology

12. 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.

Chlorhexidine, Iodine & Silver: Uses and Modes of Action

13. Chlorhexidine, Iodine & Silver: Uses and Modes of Action

This lesson will discuss four commonly heard of chemical antiseptics: namely, iodine and iodophors, silver nitrate, silver sulfadiazine, and chlorhexidine, and it will cover the ways by which they kill microbes.

Particle Accelerators: History, Types & Uses

14. Particle Accelerators: History, Types & Uses

This lesson will introduce the history of particle accelerators, how they are used, as well as providing an overview of the types of particle accelerators in use today. A short quiz will follow.

Antisepsis: Definition & History

15. Antisepsis: Definition & History

Antisepsis is a critical part of the surgical preparation and recovery processes. In this lesson, you'll learn about the history of antisepsis practices, including those still used in medicine today.

Ethylene: Properties & Uses

16. Ethylene: Properties & Uses

Ethylene is one of the simplest hydrocarbons, yet has properties that make it biologically and commercially important. In this lesson, we'll learn about ethylene, its properties, and its uses.

Joseph Lister: Biography, Facts & Inventions

17. Joseph Lister: Biography, Facts & Inventions

Joseph Lister (1827-1912) was a British surgeon who pioneered antiseptic surgical techniques, drastically reducing surgical mortality rates from nearly 50% to 15%. In this lesson, learn about his life, discoveries, and legacy.

Ammonium Hydroxide: Formula & Uses

18. Ammonium Hydroxide: Formula & Uses

Ammonium hydroxide may not be a familiar formula to you, but it's actually found in the food you eat and the products you regularly use. This lesson will outline the many uses of ammonium hydroxide to dilute some of its mystery.

What Is Bacteriostatic Water? - Definition & Uses

19. What Is Bacteriostatic Water? - Definition & Uses

Water can contain bacteria, but rather than killing off bacteria, bacteriostatic water prevents it from reproducing. In this lesson, we'll discuss the definition, uses, and cautions of bacteriostatic water.

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