Do your medical device drying processes meet the standards?

This article will review current recommendations for effective medical device drying, discuss the appropriate types of air to use and explain how to complete drying steps safely in SPD and GI reprocessing areas.

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CBSPD approved through August 31, 2025

HSPA approved through August 4, 2023

Learning Objectives:

  1. List standards for drying and how to meet those standards
  2. Identify the types of air required to dry medical devices and where they are located in a reprocessing area
  3. Explain the multiple consequences of inadequate drying

About the Author

Tamara Behm

Clinical Education Specialist, STERIS

Pamela Carter

Clinical Education Specialist, STERIS

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate

    The CBSPD (Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution) has pre-approved this in-service for one (1) contact hour for a period of five (5) years from the date of original publication. Successful completion of the lesson and post test must be documented by facility management and those records maintained by the individual until re-certification is required.


    For additional information regarding certification contact CBSPD – 148 Main Street, Suite C-1, Lebanon, NJ 08833


    HSPA (Healthcare Sterile Processing Association) has pre-approved this in-service for 1.0 Continuing Education Credits for a period of three years.

    For more information, direct any questions to Healthcare Purchasing News (941) 259-0832.