• Home/
  • Online Infection Prevention

  The Quiz:

If you achieve a score of 70% or higher (seven out of ten), you will receive one hour of Continuing Education (CE) credit accredited by the Arizona Dental Association. Each test is $20.00 for AzDA members and $40.00 for Non-AzDA members. A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to supporting charitable dental events organized by the AzDA Cares Foundation. AzDA operates as a Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) provider under the guidance of the American Dental Association.

Sterilization Monitoring: An Update:

1 - The most common sterilization method used in dentistry today is:
    ethylene oxide
2 - What chemical monitors can you use in your sterilization processing to reduce the possibility of releasing unsterile instruments for patient use?
    type 1
    type 4
    type 5
    all the above
3 - According to CDC and BODEX, how often must you biologically monitor your sterilizer?
    each load
    once a week
    once a month
    when it acts up
4 - The three critical parameters that should be monitored for steam sterilization are:
    time, pressure and steam.
    temperature, pressure and type of packages being processed.
    time, pressure, and temperature.
    temperature, steam and type of instruments being processed.
5 - An example of a type 1 chemical indicator is:
    the tape that is place on the outside of a wrapped cassette.
    the ink change on the outside of a sterilization pouch.
    a vial of Geobacillus stearothermophilus.
    a and b only.
6 - The 2016 CDC Guidance stress the importance of documenting sterilization records. What should be included in these records?
    biological monitoring
    type 5 chemical monitoring
    type 1 chemical monitoring
    a and b only.
7 - Type 5 chemical indicators:
    only measure one critical parameter of the sterilization cycle.
    measure two or more critical parameters of the sterilization cycle.
    measure all the critical parameters of the sterilization cycle.
    are the newest monitors available and are only used for specific sterilization cycles.
8 - What is a common cause of sterilization failure in dental facilities?
    loss of electricity
    operator error
    staff inexperience in sterilization monitoring
    b and c only
9 - Whose responsibility is it to understand the indicator readings if they indicate an incomplete sterilization cycle?
    the dentist
    the assistant
    the hygienist
    all the above
10 - In case of a BI failure:
    retest and if the second BI test also fails, pull the sterilizer from service.
    immediately pull the sterilizer from service and review sterilization procedures
    Test the sterilizer three consecutive times. achieving negative results, before putting it back to use.
    b and c only