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Ch 20: Sterilization & Antiseptic Techniques: Microbiology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Sterilization & Antiseptic Techniques chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach methods of sterilization and antiseptic disinfection in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Sterilization & Antiseptic Techniques chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Antiseptics, disinfectants and sterilization; moist heat and irradiation sterilization Differences between antiseptics, disinfectants and sterilizations; autoclaves; methods of sterilization by irradiation, UV irradiation, ionizing irradiation and gamma irradiation
Tuesday Gas plasma and filtration sterilization; pasteurization Gas plasma as a method of sterilization; how filtration works; why pasteurization is important
Wednesday Quantifying sterilization; alcohol and phenol disinfectants Calculating decimal values; using alcohol as either a disinfectant or an antiseptic, optimum microbe-killing concentration; advantages of phenol disinfectants
Thursday Ammonium compounds and peroxide antiseptics Types of chemical disinfectants; how peroxides are used as antiseptics
Friday Ethylene oxide; chlorhexidine, iodine and silver Uses and safety for ethylene oxide; types and advantages of chemical antiseptics

13 Lessons in Chapter 20: Sterilization & Antiseptic Techniques: Microbiology Lesson Plans
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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.

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