The 5 “W”s of point-of-use treatment

An intensive review of the processes involved in point-of-use treatment, and the important role that it serves.

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CBSPD approved through April 21, 2028.

HSPA approved through April 14, 2026.

The operating room is changing at a breakneck speed. What was once an intrusive open surgery has become a minimally invasive procedure. Robots aid surgeons in complex procedures. The operating room staff must be familiar with an ever-increasing inventory of complex medical instrumentation to support the advancement. Maintaining instrumentation during surgery and preparing them for transport is no longer a simple task of wiping of gross soils. Knowing why, who, where, what and when is imperative to successful point-of-use treatment.


  1. Define point-of-use treatment for reusable medical instruments.
  2. Identify areas where point-of-use treatment may occur.
  3. Verbalize point-of-use treatment procedures.

About the instructors

Heidi Ames

Product Manager, Steris

Janet Strong

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.