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Flash Sterilization

Process by which unwrapped instruments are sterilized for immediate use when an emergency situation arises: (not packaged)

Implantable Devices

Should not be flash sterilized


The best choice for high level disinfection of instruments


The part of a cell that enables it to move through liquid

Devices cannot be sterilized

When soil remains on a device after cleaning


Bacteria that causes diseases

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (quats)

Low Level disinfectant also known as wetting agent

Consignment Method

The inventory control method in which the supplier owns the ineventory, stores it at the healthcare facility, and does not charge the healthcare facility for it until it is used or lost

Ethlyne Oxide

Of the 3 major low low temperture sterilants ______ has the longest instrument turn over time

Inventory Turnover Rate

The number of times per year that inventory is purchased, consumed, and replaced

Radio Frequency I.D (RFID)

Tracking method which provides real time information

Joint Commision

Requires preventive maintenance standards to be established for medical equipment

How frequently should a sterilizer's drain strainer be removed?



The part of a cell that controls cell function


A step in communication that occurs when a listener sks a question or repeats information is called

Involuntary Muscles

Work without consciousness


The method of wrapping that creates a package within a package

100% ethylrnr oxide gas canisters should be stored:

In a chemical storage cabinet

Wicking Material

Approved absorbant material that allows for air removal, steam penetration, and that facilitates drying

Wetting Agent

Subtances that reduces the surface tension of a liquid, and allows the liquid to penetrate or spread more eaily accross the surface

The term "superheated steam" means

Dry Steam


Chemical which kills most pathiogenic organisms

D- Value

The amount of time that it takes to kill 90% of the microorganisms present on an object

400 series stainless steel is also call:



Beside or near


ortho-Phthalaldehyde Solution high level disinfectant for semi-critical medical devices


The organization that sets recommended practices and standards for care and processing of devices and systems

Hypothermia Unit

This unit pumps heated or cooled water through a coiled pad to therpapeutically raise or lower body temperature

Mechanical Monitor Charts/Printouts

Which of the following sterilization quality assurance measurements is designed to provide a written record of sterilizer cycle activity

Hyrdo Peroxide Gas Plasma Sterilizer

Cellulosic material (paper, cotton, linen) cannot be processed in:


Abbreviation relationg to a fractured bone

Biological Indicators

Tests which use live bacterial spores to challenge the ifficacy of the sterilization process and provide a direct measure of lethality

Lipase Enzymes

These are used to breakdown fatty deposits and adipose tissue on instruments

The Safe Medical Devices Act

Requires that the healthcare facility report malfunctions of medical devkces that have contributed to patient injury, illness, and or death to the manufacturer

Instrument (biopsy)

The largest operating channel of an endoscope


A system used to treat the final rinse water used for cleaning


Medical Device report regulation

Chemical indicators are classified by the FDA as ______ devices

Class II

In an ABC Inventory Control System, "A" items represent

the smallest number of items and largest dollar value


Rod shaped bacteria

Floors in the Central Service Department should be

wet-mopped daily

Binary Fission

Process by which microorganisms are reproduced

Purified water should have a ph of



The absence of microorganisms


Carry blood from the heart

Pick-n-pack system

The arrangement of plastic-paper pouches in the sterilizer, the pouches should be arranged _____

What can be removed from water when reverse osmosis process is used

Bacteria, Pyrogens, and Endotoxins

In the event of a load recall, information about specific load contents can be obtained from:

The Sterlization Log

The Mechanical Convection Sterilizer

The most efficient type of dry heat sterlizer


Bacteria that grow well at body temperature and are often pathogenic to humans

Water softners are used to remove ____ in the water.

calcium and magnesium


The removal of a kidney

Which type of scope is used to visualize the lower part of the large intestine?


Sterile packages should be stored no lower than ____ inches from the floor


To acheive a reasonable level of disinfection, alcohol used as an intermediate-level disinfectant must remain in wet contact with the surface of the object being disinfected for a minimum of ____ minutes


Common Vehicle

A mode of bacterial transmission that would take place whne and infectious agent was transmitted through a item such as food or water


Agency which may intervene in a mtter of worker protection even if there are no specific regulations covering the situation

When using the pH scale which number would suggest the most alkaline?


Blood-soaked sponges

regulated medical waste


Bacteria that grow wll in warm temperatures (122 F- 158F)

Regulated medical waste

Must be red bagged


A system which involves the transfer of control of the healthcare facility's equipment management to an external entity

Inventory Service Level

The percentage of item filled (available) when an order is placed


This prion is of special concern to Central Service Techs becauase it cannot be destroyed by normal sterilization cycles

What types of carts/baskets should be used in an EtO sterilizer?


What would be the best choice for cleaning walls fixtures and floors in the Decontamination area?



Prefered instrument marking method recommended

The agency responsible for Pre-Market requirements of medical devices is:


The knee is an example of a

hinge joint


Used to slow the growth of bacteria on living tissue such as skin.

Flash sterilization is not reccommended by:


Info on each package that identifies the date of sterilization, the sterilizer, and the sterilizer cycle run is contained in the:

Load Control Number

Negative Test

Successfully killed all the bacteria spores in a biologiacal indicator

Two most common temperature used in steam sterilization are:

250 degrees -270 degrees -275 degrees F

Geobacillus Stearothermophilus

The spore used in testing of steam sterilization is

A class C fire involves

Energized electrical equipment

In order to elevate the temperature in a steam sterilizer, you must:

Increase the steam pressure


Process by which residual ethykene oxide is removed from sterilized items

Employees safety is regulated by:


Parenteral solutions are administered


The decontamination area of CS should have

10 complete air exchanges per hour

Bowie Dick

The test used to evaluate the efficasy of air removal in a dynamic-air-removal steam sterilizer

The 2 most common techniques of flat wrap packaging are

Square-fold and envelope-fold

Enzymes are used to

break down and remove heavy soil

The maximum density recommended for linen packs is:

7.2 pounds per square foot of pack

intercosto means

between the ribs


The white portion of the eye

SC should wash there hands at the minimum of

15 seconds

Master Gland



The physical method by which ultrasonic unit is cleaned


The physical method by which a washer/decontaminator cleans

The pH of a solution indicates it's

acidity or alkalinity

The trachea is part of the:

respiratory system

The pancreas is part of the:



Microorganisms that are capable of growing in free oxygen (requires oxygen)

Oscopy means

Visual Examination


Reconstructs the eardrum so soundwaves can be sent to the middle and inner ear


Cardiac Surgey

Flexible Cytsoscopes provide:

Visualization of the urethra and bladder

Impregnated Gauze Strips may be sterilized using:

Dry heat Sterilization

Microgrind, or Supercut Scissors are usually identified with:

Black Handles

Arthro means


The recommended air pressure for a CS decontamination area is

Negative air pressure

An Iodophor is a

Bufferd Iodine

Phenolics are often used to disinfect

Non Critical items

The minimum recommendation for the frequency of biological testing in steam sterilizers is

Weekly and in every load that contains an implant

Chemical Indicators

Designed to measure individual package penetration


Denotes a malignant tumor

Endocrine System

Controls growth and maintains body functions and chemical messengers

PCA Pump

A device that allows the auto administration of pain medication

Plastic Instruments

Should not be processed in an ultrasonic cleaner

Saturated Steam

Has a relative humidity of 97-100%

When using FIFO method of storage, each item should be:

Inspected for integrity before placing on or removing from the from the storage shelf

Whenever possible, sterile supplies should be transported:

In a closed cart


Voluntary international organization is dedicated to the prevention and control of infection

Chisels and Osteotomes should be tested using

A Plastic Dowel Rod

An _______ is a type of equipment used to clean, disinfect, and rinse flexible fiberoptic endoscopes.

Automatic endoscope reprocessor

Which packaging materials is not acceptable for use in steam sterilizatiom

Spunbond-polylefin combination pouches

Peracetic Acid

This liquid oxidizing agent is effective at low temperatures and often used to process endoscopes at point of use


Procedure performed by healthcare facilities to confirm that the sterilization validation undertaken by the equipment manufacturer is applicable to the specific setting


Strongly suggested for better pateint care, but not mandated. (no consequences)


Provide requirements imposed by the governmental agencies. (conseqeunces)

FDA (class I)

Low risks devices such as hand-held surgical instruments and ultasonci cleaners.

FDA (class II)

Include most types of sterilization equipment and biological and chemical indicators..

FDA (class III)

The are the most stringently regulated devices, include hear valves, pace makers, and other life-sustaining devices

FDA recall (class I)

High risk: product may cause serious health problems or death

FDA recall (class II)

Chance that product may cause temporary or reversible health problems

FDA recall (class III)

Little chance of causing health problems


Centers fo Disease control
(federal government agency works to promote the health and quality of life by preventing and controling disease, injury, and disablilty)


Department of Transportation
(federal government agency dedicated to ensuring a fast, safe and efficient transportation)


Environmental Protection Agency
(federal agency responsible for minimizing greenhouse gases and toxic emissions, for regulating the reuse of solid wastes for controling indoor indoor air polution and enforcing pesticide regulations)


Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
(Research and develop new or existing recommended practices and standards that address the use, care and processing of devices and systems)


American National Standards Institute
(Mission is to enhance the global competitiveness of US business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and ensuring their integrity)


Association of Operating Room Nurses

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