Manual cleaning – The critical human element

Manual cleaning in a hospital sterile processing department (SPD) is a specific, complex, and labor-intensive process that cannot be taken lightly. Although technology and automation are integral to the instrument processing workflow, the manual precleaning process can’t be automated – it requires a careful human touch.

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CBSPD approved through February 28, 2027.

HSPA approved through February 10, 2025.


  1. Explain the importance of the manual cleaning process
  2. Understand the effects of poor manual cleaning
  3. Discuss general elements for a robust manual cleaning process

About the Instructor:

Cody McElroy

Manager of Sterile Processing and High-Level Disinfection, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

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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.