Instrument Reprocessing Essentials

Presenter: Janet Bristeir, RN
Moderator: Amanda Acker, RDH

Originally Presented: January 24, 2018
Member Pricing: FREE
Duration: 60 minutes


Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada) states “Adherence to hand hygiene and medical equipment cleaning and disinfection/sterilization procedures are examples of practices that may result in infection if best practices are not followed.”

Some public health departments have recently been scrutinizing all aspects of reprocessing in dental and dental hygiene offices. It’s your professional responsibility to meet infection control standards, which reduce the risk for bacterial and viral infections, at all times. This session will explore best practices in instrument reprocessing routines and meeting infection control standards, as suggested by Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Learning objectives

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

  • Review the processing environment for instrument reprocessing
  • Discuss the importance of following the Manufacturer’s Instructions for Use (MIFU)
  • Discuss quality monitors used for sterilizers
  • Discuss and apply quality assurance for reprocessing
  • Review policy and procedure manuals to ensure they are current and being followed


Presenter: Janet Bristeir, RN

Janet Bristeir, RN

Janet Bristeir is a UK-trained, registered nurse specializing in peri-operative nursing, medical device reprocessing, infection control, patient safety, and risk management.

Bristeir is a member of the BC Ministry of Health (MoH), Reprocessing Working Group; an expert group collaborating with the MoH to produce the BC Reprocessing Best Practice Guidelines document. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR) and Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC) with membership on the IPAC Reprocessing Interest Group. Bristeir recently traveled with a team from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada International, to speak about patient safety related to reprocessing surgical equipment, at a Surgical Education Conference in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The only nurse in the team, Bristeir’s presence in the delegation showcased the importance of interprofessionalism.


Moderator:Amanda Acker, RDH

Amanda Acker, RDH

Amanda has spent over 15 years in the dental hygiene profession. When she is not acting as the Independent Practice Advisor with the CDHA, she is developing her multi-disciplinary private practice in Ottawa. Her primary focus is increasing access to care for the public and more specifically among vulnerable populations. Through her community partnerships and work with CDHA she continues to promote independent dental hygiene and accessible dental care nationwide. She is a proud member of both the National Service Code and Independent Practice Advisory Committee.

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