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Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection Toolkit

The resources in this toolkit may only be used for internal improvement and education efforts. They may not be used for commercial purposes.

Effective sterilization and high-level disinfection are critical in reducing the risk of transmission of healthcare associated infections.

The ASC Quality Collaboration has assembled a variety of resources and information that may be used to supplement your current processes to improve sterilization and high-level disinfection practices.

The BASIC Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection Toolkit includes three essential resources:

The EXPANDED Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection Toolkit contains both essential resources and a broader array of materials, including:

Comments and other feedback may be directed to Executive Director, ASC Quality Collaboration.

Assessment Tools

Implementation Aids

  • Sterilization Competency (APIC)
    This competency checklist from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) may help facilitate teaching and ensure compliance with sterilization standards.
  • ISO Training Program (CBSPD)
    This program description from the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) provides guidance in the development of quality systems for sterile processing.
  • Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization Policy and Procedure Template
    This basic immediate-use steam sterilization policy and procedure is based on guidelines from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and recommended practices from the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). It should be adapted as needed for use in each facility.

Training Materials

Monitoring Tools

  • Sterilization Audit Checklist (SPSmedical)
    This audit checklist from SPSmedical may be used to assess: the decontamination area; packaging, sterilization and storage areas; and quality control and record keeping.
  • Though branded products may be mentioned in this tool, the ASC QC does not endorse any specific product.

Workplace Reminders

  • Sterilization Reminders Poster
    This poster reminds staff members of steps needing particular attention during the sterilization process. It may be modified to meet the sterilization performance improvement goals of the individual center.

Guidelines from Leading Authorities