IAHCSMM Practice Test

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IAHCSMM Practice Test

Having the corresponding qualifications is very important to ensure for someone to qualify for every job they wish to get in that position. Below is an IAHCSMM practice test for anyone who is having a hard time revising for the exams. Give it a try and get an idea of how the exams are structured. It is sure to help you understand more.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    If the Flash sterilization load consists of a single instrument comprised of metal and without lumens, a ___________ cycle at 270deg F (132deg C) should be used.
    • A. 

      3 min

    • B. 

      4 min

    • C. 

      5 min

    • D. 

      10 min

  • 2. 
    If the load includes complex or lumened instruments, mixed materials, or multiple instruments, a ____________ cycle at 270deg F (132deg C) should be used.
    • A. 

      3 min

    • B. 

      4 min

    • C. 

      5 min

    • D. 

      10 min

  • 3. 
    Unlike gravity flash cycles, pre-vacuum flash cycles are standard sterilization cycles with a limited drying time.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Pre-set pre-vacuum flash cycle drying time helps decrease steam in the chamber and does dry the instruments.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Non-porous and porous items within wraps, pouches, or containers can be sterilized in pre-vacuum cycles if the appropriate times and temperatures are used for each.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The Express cycle is preset by the manufacturer for __________ minutes at 270deg F with _________ minutes of trying time and a total cycle of __________ minutes.
    • A. 

      3, 4 and 10

    • B. 

      4, 3 and 12

    • C. 

      8, 5 and 10

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    The Express cycle is a just-in-time process and has a shelf life.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Up to _______ percent of the micro-organisms on an instrument can be removed with a thorough cleaning.
    • A. 

      95

    • B. 

      97

    • C. 

      99

    • D. 

      100

  • 9. 
    There is no national recommendation for how long Central Sterile Dept needs to maintain cycle records.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The style of sterilizer uses a repeated sequence of steam flush and pressure pulse to remove air from the sterilizer chamber to process materials.
    • A. 

      Gravity Air

    • B. 

      Dynamic Air

    • C. 

      SFPP

    • D. 

      Flash

  • 11. 
    The process of sterilizing an item that is packaged is known as Flash Sterilization.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    The process of sterilizing an item that is not packaged is known as Terminal Sterilization.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    To unload a sterilizer, crack the door, and wait __________ minutes (if a vacuum unit) or _____________  minutes (if a gravity sterilizer) to assure proper evaporation and drying.
    • A. 

      8 and 15 to 20

    • B. 

      15 and 8 to 15

    • C. 

      10 and 10 to 20

    • D. 

      10 and 25 to 30

  • 14. 
    The most widely used temperature for dry heat sterilization is a minimum of 320deg F for preferably two hours.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Sterilization______________ indicators help to confirm that package has been properly exposed to the sterilization process and can be the first sign of a process error.
    • A. 

      Process

    • B. 

      Chemical

    • C. 

      Gauze strips

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 16. 
    Some chemical indicators are often the first performance test the user sees upon opening a sterile package.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    The amount of time required to kill 90% of the microorganisms present is known as:
    • A. 

      Terminalization

    • B. 

      Sterility

    • C. 

      D-Values

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 18. 
    There are two types of sterile solutions:____________ and external solutions.
    • A. 

      Internal

    • B. 

      Parenteral

    • C. 

      Compound

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 19. 
    USP-NF states packaging requirements for purified water.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    Quality Assurance for EtO has process monitors that consists of the "4 R's": Run, Read, Record and ___________.
    • A. 

      Re-act

    • B. 

      Resolve

    • C. 

      Retain

    • D. 

      Revert

  • 21. 
    EtO inactivates microbes by a process called__________, which seek out specific proteins in microbes to which to react.
    • A. 

      Alkylation

    • B. 

      Oxidation

    • C. 

      Treboridation

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 22. 
    The amount of Eto that remains inside materials after sterilization is called the residual.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Mixed ETO systems operate under a vacuum, while 100% of ETO systems operate under pressure.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    EtO Personnel Monitoring records must be kept for 30 years after an employee has completed the last EtO-related task.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Hydrogen peroxide does not have the same inherent penetration capabilities as EtO, nor is it nearly as soluble in most materials.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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