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Complimentary Subscription Program:
Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs): High-Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization
Premiere Date:
Thursday, May 25, 2017
​This program is also available in its entirety to view 

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Program Description
In the United States, millions of surgical procedures are performed each year. Each of these procedures involves contact by at least one medical device or surgical instrument with a patient. A major risk of all such procedures is the introduction of pathogens that can lead to infection, and failure to properly disinfect or sterilize equipment carries not only risk associated with breach of host barriers, but also risk for person-to-person transmission.

Disinfection and sterilization are essential for ensuring that medical and surgical instruments do not transmit infectious pathogens to patients. Because sterilization of all patient-care items is not a necessity, healthcare policies must identify, primarily on the basis of the items' intended use, whether cleaning, disinfection, or sterilization should be done.

The delivery of sterile products for use in patient care depends not only on the effectiveness of the sterilization process, but also on the unit design, decontamination, disassembling and packaging of the device, loading the sterilizer, monitoring, and other aspects of device reprocessing. 

During this 60-minute live activity, expert faculty examine the impact of sterilization and high-level disinfection (HLD) processes in detail, and how these policies and procedures will help organizations ensure that by implementing these strategies, they can reduce or prevent the spread of infections.

After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify The Joint Commission standards related to high-level disinfection (HLD) and sterilization.
  • Describe The Joint Commission requirements to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
  • Identify methods to reduce or prevent the transmission of infection.

Target Audience
This activity is relevant to those responsible for the prevention and control of infections, including managers and supervisors, along with training, infection control, patient safety, and quality improvement professionals.

Jacquelyn W. Duplantis, RN, MSN
Nurse Surveyor
The Joint Commission

Lisa A. Waldowski, MS, APRN, CIC
Infection Control Specialist
Standards Interpretation Group
The Joint Commission

These presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with corporate organizations that either provide educational grants to this program or may be referenced in this activity. These presenters have also attested that their discussions will not include any unapproved or off-label use of products.

Accreditation Information:

Please Note:
Continuing education credit for this activity is available only to current JCRQSN subscribers. If you have been directed to this page, it is because our records show that you are not a current subscriber to the Joint Commission Resources Quality and Safety Network programs. If you would like to learn more about subscribing to the Joint Commission Resources Quality and Safety Network, or if you would like to inquire about your subscriber status, please call 1-888-219-4678 or send an email to
The Joint Commission is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The Joint Commission is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Note: No ACPE credit was provided for this program.

The Joint Commission is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 6381, for 1 contact hour.

The Joint Commission is authorized to award 1.0 contact hour of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) for 1.0 Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credit. 

The Joint Commission Enterprise has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

This education offering qualifies for 1.0 Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP) credit hours towards CJCP recertification. In order to obtain CJCP credit hours, an individual must first be certified before they start acquiring CJCP credit hours. CJCP credit hours will not be retroactive.

Full attendance at every session is a prerequisite for receiving full continuing education credits. If a participant needs to leave early, his or her continuing education credits will be reduced.

Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
  • View the presentation and read the accompanying Resource Guide.
  • Complete the online Evaluation Form and Post Test.
  • A CE certificate/statement of credit can be printed online following successful completion of the Post Test and the Evaluation Form