Supervisor Certification Examination Study Guide

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Sterile Processing Quizzes & Trivia

CERTIFICATION BOARD FOR STERILE PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In order to develop a budget for replacement instruments on procedural trays, the SPD Supervisor must gather information on the item specifications including.
    • A. 

      Quality, price and usage rates.

    • B. 

      Finish, type of metal and history of usage.

    • C. 

      Quality, pricing history and usage rate.

    • D. 

      Loss rate, usage rate, manufacturer's discount.

  • 2. 
    The hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) component in an Ethylene Oxide (EtO) sterilant mixture is used to
    • A. 

      Increase the sterilization efficiency

    • B. 

      Reduce the environmental impact potential

    • C. 

      Increase the exposure time and humidity

    • D. 

      Reduce the flammability and explosive potential

  • 3. 
    Staphylococcal infections, typhoid fever, streptococcal infections, tuberculosis and syphilis are examples of diseases caused by
    • A. 

      Pathogenic organisms

    • B. 

      Anaerobic vector

    • C. 

      Inorganic fomites

    • D. 

      Aerobic cephalopods

  • 4. 
    Which sterilization method would be most appropriate for petrolatum gauze dressings
    • A. 

      Steam

    • B. 

      Ethylene Oxide

    • C. 

      Dry heat

    • D. 

      Peracetic acid

  • 5. 
    Muslin that is used as a surgical wrap should have a minimum thread count of
    • A. 

      110 threads per square inch

    • B. 

      140 threads per square inch

    • C. 

      165 threads per square inch

    • D. 

      180 threads per square inch

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is NOT recommended for use in wrapping materials for EtO sterilization?
    • A. 

      Regunerated cellulose

    • B. 

      Cotton

    • C. 

      Polyvinylchloride (PVC)

    • D. 

      Polyester

  • 7. 
    The room temperature range in a sterile storage area should fall between?
    • A. 

      55-65 F.

    • B. 

      60-72 F.

    • C. 

      65-75 F.

    • D. 

      68-75 F.

  • 8. 
    The FIRST action to take if a fire occurs in the SPD is to?
    • A. 

      Throw water on the fire.

    • B. 

      Remove the burning object.

    • C. 

      Immediately leave the area.

    • D. 

      Activate the alarm

  • 9. 
    The PRIMARY goal of a good supply distribution system for patient care areas is that supplies and equipment are?
    • A. 

      Charged to the unit prior to delivery.

    • B. 

      Grouped according to thier use at each unit.

    • C. 

      Transported, with minimum handling, to the requesting unit.

    • D. 

      Delivered directly from the facility warehouse to the requesting unit.

  • 10. 
    Positive pressure is required in a sterile storage area to ensure that.
    • A. 

      Air flow from a clean area to other less clean areas.

    • B. 

      The ventilation system is dedicated to that storage area only.

    • C. 

      There is a separating ventilation barrier for that storage area only.

    • D. 

      Close shelving is used in that storage area, preventing the need for positive air flow.

  • 11. 
    A reusable medical device is
    • A. 

      A device that has been investigated and cleared by facility's Risk Management Department for reuse

    • B. 

      A device that has been biologically monitored and quarantined according to the manufacturer's reccommendations.

    • C. 

      A device that is manufactured with the intent of multiple patient use.

    • D. 

      A single use device that will not come in contact with a patient.

  • 12. 
    According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), heathcare facilities must strive to provide employment for the disabled by providing.
    • A. 

      Medically related pre-employment physicals.

    • B. 

      Reasonable accommodations within a specific work place.

    • C. 

      Priority for hiring in specific work areas.

    • D. 

      Position and job tasks to accommodate the disabled.

  • 13. 
    Distilled or Deionized water is used in the decontamination  process as a final rinse for surgical instruments because it?
    • A. 

      Contains no mineral or additives.

    • B. 

      Provides lubrication.

    • C. 

      Adds a protective coating.

    • D. 

      Kills the remaining bioburden.

  • 14. 
    Ethylene Oxide (Eto) is considered hazardous in the workplace for all of the following reasons EXCEPT that it is?
    • A. 

      A carcinogen

    • B. 

      Colorless at room temperature and cannot be smelled until the concentration reaches 700 ppm.

    • C. 

      Heavier than air and therefore difficult to ventilate.

    • D. 

      Often mixed with hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCS).

  • 15. 
    After four hours of work in one area of SPD, the Supervisor asks the technician to move to another work area. Which one of the following movements would require a removal of personal protective equipment?
    • A. 

      Sterilization to Sterile Storage.

    • B. 

      Instrument Assembly to Decontamination.

    • C. 

      Sterile Storage to Instrument Assembly.

    • D. 

      Decontamination to Sterilization.

  • 16. 
    The organism used as biological indicator to test both steam and EtO sterilizers belongs to which family of bacteria?
    • A. 

      Clostridium

    • B. 

      Streptococcus

    • C. 

      Staphylococcus

    • D. 

      Bacillus

  • 17. 
    Which of the following precautions is universally applicable to the prevention of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to healthcare workers?
    • A. 

      All healthcare workers should take precautions to prevent needle-sticks by recapping needles prior to thier disposal.

    • B. 

      Only pregnant healthcare workers should adhere to all precautions that minimize risk of HIV transmission.

    • C. 

      Healthcare workers with exudative lesions or weeping dermatitis do not have to wear gloves when giving direct patient care.

    • D. 

      All healthcare workers should routinely wear gloves for handling items or surfaces soiled with blood products or body fluids.

  • 18. 
    The PRIMARY purpose of the decontamination process is to?
    • A. 

      Reduce the bioburden and make items safe to handle.

    • B. 

      Reduce the bioburden and repair damaged instruments.

    • C. 

      Remove broken equipment from service, and help in inventory control.

    • D. 

      Repair damaged instruments, and help in inventory control.

  • 19. 
    What processes are used to prepare patient care equipment in the decontamination area?
    • A. 

      Cleaning and reassembly

    • B. 

      Cleaning and disinfection

    • C. 

      Cleaning, disinfection, and reassembly

    • D. 

      Cleaning, disinfection, inspection, and reassembly

  • 20. 
    Absorbent materials are placed between nested basins during packaging in order to?
    • A. 

      Prevent the basin from sticking together

    • B. 

      Serve as a drape when the basin is opened

    • C. 

      Aid in steam penetration

    • D. 

      Protect the basin

  • 21. 
    Inspection and verification of adequate cleaning is difficult with instruments?
    • A. 

      With Lumens

    • B. 

      Without Lumens

    • C. 

      With Locks

    • D. 

      With Blades

  • 22. 
    Which of the following is ALWAYS a sterilization parameter regardless of the method of sterilization?
    • A. 

      Moisture

    • B. 

      Pressure

    • C. 

      Time

    • D. 

      Concentration

  • 23. 
    Why should linen processing be carried out in an enclosed or segregated area?
    • A. 

      The humidity in the area can be better monitored

    • B. 

      The work can be carried out more quickly

    • C. 

      Pilferage can be more easily controlled

    • D. 

      Lint and dust can be more easily contained and controlled

  • 24. 
    What is the minimum distance sterile items should be stored from the floor?
    • A. 

      2 inches

    • B. 

      8 inches

    • C. 

      12 inches

    • D. 

      18 inches

  • 25. 
    All clean transport carts should
    • A. 

      Have solid bottom shelves.

    • B. 

      Be made of plastic.

    • C. 

      Have small wheels.

    • D. 

      Be cleaned monthly.

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