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Modules navigation, duration and completion


About the Course

What is reprocessing?

Reprocessing prepares reusable medical equipment/devices for use by following  a specific series of steps  to ensure adequate cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization.

Is this course mandatory?

No, this course is not mandatory, however it is a useful resource in helping to partially fulfill an organization’s training responsibilities. Ontario’s Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) states: “… where reprocessing is performed in a clinical office practice setting, there must be a designated individual(s) responsible for reprocessing, with:

  • training to the level that is required for the volume and complexity of the equipment to be reprocessed
  • documentation of training, including a training manual that is reviewed annually and updated as required
  • ongoing continuing education” (Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice) (pg. 58/116)

Who should take this course?

This course is intended for health care providers who perform reprocessing tasks (cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical equipment/devices) in community settings. Although geared for front-line providers, clinical managers or senior leadership in community settings may also be interested in the content. 

Course content does not include reprocessing of:

  • endoscopy equipment/devices
  • high volumes of medical equipment/devices
  • complex medical equipment/devices  that require procedures and equipment beyond a table top sterilizer or high level disinfection

After taking this online learning course, will I be “certified” in reprocessing?

No. It is important to note that this is not a certification course and completion of this course does not mean that you are a certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician. For more information regarding certification in Medical Device Reprocessing please refer to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT) Handbook.

What are the benefits of taking this course?

This course will help you to:

  • enhance your understanding of the basic concepts of reprocessing reusable medical equipment
  • raise your awareness of the importance of following best practices when reprocessing
  • improve your infection prevention and control strategies when performing reprocessing tasks

What is the content of the course?

This self-paced online learning course covers theories, principles and best practices about reprocessing medical equipment/devices. It is based on the PIDAC documents Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice and Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices.

Is there a charge for this course?

This course is free.

Do I need any pre-requisites before I take this course?

It is strongly recommended that you complete the IPAC Core Competencies Online Learning Course – Routine Practices.

Is this course accredited by any medical institutes or professional associations?

No.

Is there a timeframe in which I have to complete the learning?

No. You can plan your learning to fit your schedule. If the completion of this course is a requirement for your place of employment, please check with your employer about specific policies on course completion requirements.


Modules navigation, duration and completion

How can I navigate within a module?

It is easy to navigate within a module. Each module has an introductory page with instructions about navigation. You can continue to the next slide, go to a previous slide or use the “Menu” to advance or skip to a particular slide. You will be given instructions throughout your learning.

How long does it take to complete each module?

The time required to complete each module will vary from 15 - 30 minutes.  Due to individual differences, there may be variations in terms of time taken to complete the course.

Is it possible to complete only some of the modules?

Yes, but our recommendation is to complete all modules to have a full understanding of all the steps in reprocessing best practices. 

Do I have to complete a module in one sitting?

No. You can stop and resume your learning anytime. The course will record your progress automatically and you will be able to restart the module you were last reviewing.

How do I save my progress?

The system automatically saves your progress.  You can stop and resume your learning anytime.

Will I still have access to the modules after I finish my learning?

Yes, you are welcome to review the content even after you have finished your learning. Please ensure you print your certificate of completion before reviewing the module again.

Do I need to take the modules in order?

We recommend you complete Module 1:  Introduction to Reprocessing and  Module 2: PPE for Reprocessing first.  You may complete the other modules in any order.


Module testing and certificate

Will there be any tests?

Yes, there is a short 2 question test at the end of each module.

What is the passing score?

You must achieve 100% on the quiz questions presented in each module.

Why is it necessary to achieve 100% to receive a certificate

Health care providers in Ontario who are responsible for reprocessing are expected to have the knowledge to apply safe cleaning, disinfection and sterilization practices.

Is there a certificate of completion?

Yes. A certificate is generated upon successful completion of the scored test at the end of each module (100% score). It is important to note that this is not a certification course and completion of this course does not mean that you are a certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician. For more information regarding certification in Medical Device Reprocessing please refer to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Certified Medical Device Reprocessing Technician (CMDRT) Handbook.

 
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