IAHCSMM Webinars

IAHCSMM webinars are video lectures or presentations hosted online, easily accessible through the IAHCSMM website. These sessions are used to share knowledge, ideas, and updates with people around the world, and can also be leveraged to build authority around a concept or practice. All IAHCSMM webinars are pre-approved for 1 continuing education credit toward IAHCSMM certifications, and can be used for general Sterile Processing learning and professional development.


To familiarize yourself with our library, please review the descriptions below. Once you’re ready to access the webinar, simply SIGN IN to the store, add the webinar to your cart and proceed to checkout. Please note: If your membership is in good standing, costs of each webinar will show as $0 in your shopping cart but you will still have to complete the purchase for access to be added to your account. Sterile Processing professionals certified with IAHCSMM without membership will incur a nominal fee per webinar purchased. All purchases of lesson plans must be completed within the online store to have access granted to your education profile.

Please note: To receive educational credit for an IAHCSMM webinar, completion of a brief survey is required at the end of each webinar. You can receive credit only once per webinar. If you have already completed a webinar, you will not receive credit for it a second time.

Available Webinars

WebinarBasic Instrument InspeckationPK
Basic Instrumentation Inspection
Instrument inspection is an important CS responsibility. Unsafe or nonfunctional instruments pose a significant risk to patients and frustration for providers. This lesson will review the protocols for inspecting and testing basic instrumentation to help ensure the quality of trays provided to Surgery.

Behind Closed Doors: The Role of the CS Department in Infection Prevention
From soiled and contaminated to safe and sterile. Reusable medical devices make that transition in the CS department many times a day. Careful planning and preparation is needed to make those devices safe. This program examines the impact that the CS Department can have on patient safety.

Central Service Attire Overview
Although wearing specific attire is a basic requirement for sterile processing, there are still compliance issues. This program will examine the reasons behind attire requirements and address frequently asked questions related to sterile processing attire. Attire requirements for each work area and proper processes for donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be discussed.

Developing Teaching and Training Skills
Good teaching and training techniques don't happen by accident! Whether its a new process for all staff, enrichment information, or the training of a new employee, successful teaching and training takes planning. This program will examine teaching techniques and identify the skills necessary to become a successful trainer.

WebinarEnvironmental CleaningJW
Environmental Cleaning
How clean is your decontamination room? Effective cleaning of the central services environment is essential to prevent cross-contamination and interrupt the transmission of infections. This interactive presentation will describe the role of the environment in the transmission of infections, explore environmental cleaning methodologies and discuss implementation of cleaning protocols for central services.

Fostering a Mentoring Culture in Your Department
The success of a department depends on the people within it. A key component to a successful culture includes mentoring. Mentors provide information, guidance and insight that can help employees become strong members of the work group. This program provides information on the impact of mentoring and identifies ways to incorporate mentoring into department culture.

Gamification in Central Services
Traditional learning styles include reading a text book, listening to a lecture or sitting through a power point presentation. Gamification is a relatively new and interactive learning method that uses game-based mechanics to provide an experience that engages and motivates people to achieve their goals. This presentation will define gamification and the elements that make up gamification.

General Safety for Central Service Departments
Like any profession, the field of CS includes working with items (and in situations) that may pose a safety risk. CS employees must not only keep themselves safe, but they must also strive to keep their co-workers and the patients at their facility safe. This program provides an overview of general safety and examines the specific safety challenges that CS employees face in their day to day activities.

Handling Consumable Items
Consumable items are an important part of any CS/SP department. This program will examine requirements for handling commercially sterilized items. Additional topics will include: consumable items’ impact on department operations and patient care; receiving processes; common packaging information; and storage requirements.

WebinarSterilization Failure InvestigationSK
How to Conduct a Sterilization Failure Investigation
Having a sterilization failure can have a negative effect on patient care. When a sterilization failure occurs, everyone involved needs to be aware of how to detect it and how to resolve it. This presentation describes how to identify a sterilization failure and provides methods to resolve sterilization failures.

High Level Disinfection in Central Services
High level disinfection (HLD) has grown in popularity over the past few years. Unfortunately most of the popularity has been because of negative outcomes in reprocessing devices. As a result of these negative outcomes, more and more healthcare facilities have decided to centralize the reprocessing of devices requiring high level disinfection.

Immediate Use Steam Sterilization (IUSS)
Packaging is one of the most important aspects of sterilization. There are different types of sterilization containers that can undergo specific types of sterilization modalities. This presentation on the proper selection and use of sterilization containers discusses the best practices when using this packaging method.

Implant Processing
This presentation focuses on the specific aspects of processing implants. Implant processing requires additional quality monitoring, documentation and even cleaning concerns. Unique to implants is the question of what to do with them if they are removed and this presentation also addresses that question.

WebinarInstrument AssemblyPK
Instrument Assembly Process
This program will review the instrument assembly process and the important tasks necessary to complete this process to ensure a complete and functioning set is presented to the CS department's customers.

WebinarInstrument TransportPK
Instrument Transport
This program will cover proper transportation processes for clean, soiled/contaminated instruments and both on-site and off-site instrument transportation.

WebinarInstrument InspeckationPK
Laparoscopic, Robotic and Insulated Instrument Inspection
As surgical instruments become more complex, so do the procedures for inspecting and testing them. This program will review the protocols for inspecting and testing laparoscopic and non-orthopedic robotic instrumentation, including the proper techniques for inspecting insulated instruments.

WebinarLoaned InstrumentsSK
Loaned Instrumentation
Loaned instrumentation is brought into healthcare facilities daily. There are many concerns with the processing of these instruments, from the delivery to the final release of them. This presentation presents the best practices for loaned instrumentation that will provide a guide to healthcare facilities to provide safe medical devices for their patients, while effectively managing them.

Rising to Excellence: Incorporating Best Practices into CS/SP Work Practices
Best work practices help ensure the best care. This program will examine the importance of keeping up with standards, regulations and scientific information to help ensure that best practices are always reflected in the CS/SP department’s outputs.

WebinarRisk AssessmentJW
Risk Assessments
Have you ever been in a situation where there was simply not a clear recommendation, standard, or evidenced based guideline that told you how to handle it? This can be confusing and frustrating. This presentation is focused on helping the CS professional through these frustrating situations by utilizing risk assessments.

Successful Steam Sterilization: The Human Factor
A machine is only as good as its operator. Steam sterilization can only be successful if items are prepared, packaged and sterilized according to strict guidelines. This program will examine the importance of the human factor in steam sterilization and will discuss common human errors that can impact sterilization outcomes.

Surgical Instruments: Preparing the Tools for the Patient’s Journey
Each surgery requires specific instruments. Every instrument must be correct, safe and functional. Failure to meet those requirements can impact surgical outcomes, patient safety and customer satisfaction. This program will review instrument handling information and other factors that contribute to quality instrument trays and sets.

Sterile Processing's Role in Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Outbreak
The Coronavirus phenomenon presents new challenges to all aspects of healthcare facilities. This webinar presents information regarding COVID-19 specifically as it applies to Sterile Processing (SP). SP Technicians are shown how to safely and effectively process medical devices during this extreme outbreak.

WebinarSterilization ContainersSK
Sterilization Containers
Packaging is one of the most important aspects of sterilization. There are different types of sterilization containers that can undergo specific types of sterilization modalities. This presentation on the proper selection and use of sterilization containers discusses the best practices when using this packaging method.

Survey Readiness
Survey Readiness
Is your facility prepared for a survey today? Survey readiness shouldn’t just be something that’s done every couple of years. Your facility should be in a constant state of readiness. This presentation will look at the different accreditation and surveyor organizations and review basic methodologies used in surveys.

Surviving and Thriving in the CS Department
Being successful in CS/SP requires mastering both the art and science of sterile processing. This program will examine the impact of developing hard and soft skills to be successful in the workplace.

Understanding and Developing a Competency Program
Competencies are a cornerstone of any Central Service training system. They outline quality requirements and serve as documentation of successful training and education. This program examines the purpose and development of useful competency measurements from basic competencies to advanced skill measurements.

Welcome to Our World
Join us for a celebration of the fast-paced, technical and sometimes unpredictable world of sterile processing where keeping up with change, overcoming challenges and giving our all to meet providers’ needs and protect our patients is a way of life. Gather your colleagues and staff together to view this webinar as a way of kicking off International Central Service Week! This webinar is available complimentary to ALL individuals.

What Do You Bring to Your Department and Workgroup?
Every employee contributes to the workgroup and the CS/SP department. This program will help participants look at the skills they bring to the workplace and identify additional skills that could be developed to enhance their contributions to their workgroup and CS/SP department.

This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 37,000 members and certificants rely on IAHCSMM to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.