Instrument Processing and Sterility Assurance Course

Instructor: Kathy J. Eklund, RDH, MHP

3 CE hours: $110.00

Course description

*An infection control course is mandated for all dentists and hygienists in the state of Massachusetts.

Effective management of reusable patient care items is a vital element of an infection prevention and control program. This workshop will review the relevant science, guidelines and standards for instrument processing and sterility assurance. Strategies for organizing and managing instrument processing will be described. Example audit tools and checklists to assess efficiency and effectiveness of sterility assurance will be provided. Case scenarios and hands-on demonstrations in the Mount Ida Sterilization Center will be used to engage participants in applying these strategies and tools.

Course topics:

  • Central sterilization designs
  • Instrument cleaning
  • Instrument packaging
  • Sterilization technologies
  • Sterilization monitoring
  • Storage of sterilized Items
  • Managing sterilization failures

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the essential elements of a sterility assurance program
  • Use evaluation and audit tools to assess efficiency and effectiveness of a site-specific instrument processing program
  • Develop standard operating procedures for a site-specific instrument processing program that are compliant with current CDC guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings.


Instructor: Kathy J. Eklund, RDH, MHP
Director of Occupational Health and Safety
Patient and Research Subject Advocate
The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, MA

Kathy Eklund is the Director of Occupational Health and Safety and the Research Participant and Patient Safety Advocate at the Forsyth Institute located in Cambridge Massachusetts. Over the past 23 years she has published numerous articles and contributed to several texts and educational learning modules on infection prevention and control.

Kathy Eklund is one of several authors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings- 2003. She has lectured nationally and internationally in addition to receiving several national professional recognition awards.