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Training Manual for Health Care Central Service Technicians, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8244-7
304 pages
December 2005, ©2005, Jossey-Bass
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The Training Manual is the premier reference and review publication for individuals preparing for examinations given by The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution. It is a concise, applicable tool that can be used for orientation, training, and instructional programs in health care facilities and in institutions for learning. The Fifth Edition of the manual is the largest and most comprehensive to date.
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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fifth Edition.

Foreword to the Fourth Edition.

Foreword to the Third Edition.

Foreword to the Second Edition.

Foreword to the First Edition.

1 Introduction to Central Service.

Educational Objectives.

Organizational Structure.

Objectives and Functions.

Major Areas in Central Service.



Personal Cleanliness.

Continuous Quality Improvement.

Rules and Regulations.



2 Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Educational Objectives.

Cell Biology.

The Skeletal System.

The Muscular System.

The Nervous System.

The Circulatory System.

The Respiratory System.

The Digestive System.

The Urinary System.

The Reproductive System.

The Endocrine System.

The Sensory System.


3 Microbiology and Infection Control.

Educational Objectives.

Basic Microbiology.

Disease Transmission.

Disease Prevention.

Nosocomial Infections and Cross-Contamination.

Disinfection Principles.

Sterilization Principles.



4 Decontamination.

Educational Objectives.

Collection and Transport of Used Supplies and Equipment.

Decontamination Area.

Standard Precautions.

Detergents and Cleaning Agents.


Cleaning and Processing Equipment.

Cleaning, Disinfection, and Preparation Procedures.


5 Instrumentation.

Educational Objectives.

Handheld Surgical Instruments.

Powered Instruments.

Endoscopic Instruments.


6 Preparation and Packaging for Sterilization.

Educational Objectives.

Preparation of Instruments.

Pack Construction.

Basin Set Preparation.

Miscellaneous Preparation.

Principles of Packaging.

Types of Packaging Materials.

Wrapping Techniques.


Containerized Packaging.

Labeling Packages.

Shelf Life.


7 Sterilization.

Educational Objectives.

Factors Affecting Sterilization.

Monitoring the Sterilization Process.

Steam Sterilization.

EtO Sterilization.

Dry-Heat Sterilization.

Liquid Chemical Sterilization.

Gas Plasma Sterilization.

Ozone Sterilization.


8 Sterile Storage.

Educational Objectives.

Maintaining Product Sterility.

Stock Arrangement, Rotation, and Shelf Life.


9 Distribution.

Educational Objectives.

Types of Distribution Systems.

Delivery Methods and Equipment.

Distribution Work Practices.


10 Inventory Control.

Educational Objectives.

Measuring Inventory Performance.

Managing Inventory.


Appendix A: Central Service Terminology.

Appendix B: Medical Terminology for Central Service Department Employees.

Appendix C: Symbols Used by Device Manufacturers.


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