Washer disinfector release for use after maintenance

Surgical instruments and other reusable devices can be washed and disinfected prior to sterilization in an automated washer disinfector. The use of automated equipment helps standardize the cleaning process, providing optimal cleaning and improving patient safety. These types of equipment are subject to maintenance and repairs, and this article aims to present critical operational assessments to be performed by the end-user after maintenance, before release for use.

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CBSPD approved through January 31, 2028.

HSPA approved through January 12, 2026.


  1. Review the importance of cleaning a reusable medical device before sterilization
  2. Identify critical mechanical components in an automated washing phase
  3. Discuss automated washer performance verification

About the instructor

Paulo Larangeira

Process Development and Qualification Professional for Sterilization

Not Enrolled

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.

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