Disinfection and Sterilization: Best Practices for Infection Prevention

Meet the Speaker:


William A. Rutala, Ph.D., M.P.H
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine,
Director, Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine (Chapel Hill)
Director, Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health, and Safety Program at UNC Health Care System

IP Competency:   Novice

Duration: 60 minutes     


Each year in the US there are approximately 46,500,000 surgical procedures and about 10 million gastrointestinal endoscopies.  All invasive procedures involve contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with the patient's sterile tissue or mucous membrane.  A major risk of all such procedures is the introduction of infection. Our speaker will review the recommendations that should improve disinfection and sterilization practices in healthcare facilities. In addition to discusses best practices, Dr. Rutala will discuss at least two issues/controversies that still exist in disinfection and sterilization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss a rational approach to disinfection and sterilization and a rec=view of guidelines
  • Identify best practices for low level disinfection, high-level disinfetion and sterilization
  • Identify at least two unresolved issues/controversies related to disinfection and sterilization

This program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Clorox Healthcare. Clorox Healthcare is a long-standing APIC Strategic Partner and APIC is pleased to partner with Clorox on this educational opportunity. 


Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

Nursing contact hours: 1

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Accreditation Statement:
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

APIC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider  Number CEP7146.

APIC recognizes these activities as continuing education for registered nurses. This recognition does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. 

No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.


Recorded 11/12/2014
Recorded 11/12/2014
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