CBSPDexam was primarily designed to address  the challenges listed below

1. There is so much to read and remember in order  to be ready for  the sterile processing exam. It can be overwhelming, especially for those of us working. 

2. I see just about the same practice questions from different websites, sometimes different answers are provided for the same question but no answer explanations. Hmm!

3. I hear people study so hard but failed the exam in the end due to seeing unexpected questions on the exam

4. Where do I find practice questions with quality questions and answer explanations that will help me to pass the actual exam on my first attempt.

Well, if you are worried about the concerns above,  you've come to the right place.
Our CSPDT practice test is designed to maximize your study time. You can take it as many times as you wish
Any time you take the test, you will be presented with  new questions to a large extent. This is because the questions  in the database are randomized into a new order
Our sterile processing practice exam is designed to simulate the actual CBSPD exam experience in every way.
We provide free CBSPD test questions to give you a sneak peak of our premium questions in our Study-Smart database.

 Questions on this practice test cover the following topics: 

                                   TECHNICIAN EXAMINATION OUTLINE

1. Roles and Responsibilities (16% of Exam)

Potential workplace hazards (e.g., wet floors, Fires, electrical outlets, EtO, fumes, body fluids, microorganisms, sharps, latex allergy, medical waste).

• Ergonomic considerations and body mechanics.

• Policies and procedures related to sterile processing functions (e.g., Safety, Infection Control, Disaster, Safety Data Sheets, incident reports).

• Federal, state and local guidelines, standards and regulations (e.g., AAMI, OSHA, FDA, CDC, EPA). Includes quarantine of implants, procedures for CJD and prevention of TASS.

• Professional standards related to personal hygiene and dress codes.

• Function, workflow and traffic flow of the sterile processing department.

• Processes for loaner instrumentation.

• Compliance with manufacturer’s instructions for use (chemicals, sterilization, everything).

• Signs and symbols on IFUs and packaging.

2. Life Science (9% of Exam)

• Microbiology related to cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing.

• Factors in disease transmission and modes of cross transmission (e.g., blood, skin, air). Includes body’s defenses against infection.

• Types of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, virus, fungus, prions). Includes biofilm formation.

• Microbial growth conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity).

• Basic anatomy and physiology.

• Relationship between instrument type and types of tissue and body structure (e.g., Hysteroscope used for GYN surgery).

• Basic medical terminology.

3. Decontamination and Disinfection (23% of Exam)

• Types of chemicals and their uses (e.g., detergents, environmental disinfectants, enzymatics, germicides). Includes rinsing, water quality and its impact on cleaning.

• Safe use of high-level disinfectants and sterilant chemicals (e.g., peracetic acid), specific PPE, disposal,

concentration, pH, expiration date, level of disinfection, contact time).

• Disposal methods of biohazardous substances, chemicals and medical waste.

• Documentation for HLD including items processed, MEC testing, QA testing of test strips, temperature of solution, etc.

• Standard Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment used in the Decontamination Area.

• Operation and maintenance of decontamination equipment (e.g., washer/decontaminator, sonic lumen cleaners, cart

washers, ultrasonic cleaners, etc.). Loading and unloading procedures for washers and sonics, positioning of devices;

degassing of sonics, checking spray arms in washers, etc.

• Methods of cleaning, disinfecting and decontaminating instruments, rigid container systems and equipment. Use of cleaning implements. Keeping cleaning implements clean, inspection of cleaning brushes. Manual cleaning protocols.

• Factors affecting decontamination (e.g., procedures, water procedures, water impurities, opening and disassembling instruments and devices). Frequency of changing of enzyme soak and sonic solutions.

• Basic care and handling of instruments and equipment. Post HLD for blades; includes using gloves when instruments only sonic cleaned.

4. Preparation and Handling (18% of Exam)

• Instrument terminology and anatomy (e.g., jaws, shanks, box locks, rings).

• Types and functions of instruments (e.g., endoscopic, power, microsurgical, robotic). How instruments are used.

• Types of instrument construction (e.g., finishes, composition).

• Basic principles of packaging and set configuration. Includes labeling of sets. Avoiding damage to sets. Labeling of packages. Use of instrument air. Use of instrument lubricants. Use of count sheets.

• Use and characteristics of packaging materials in relationship to sterilization methods. Includes paper-plastic pouches, Tyvek pouches, woven and non-woven wraps, rigid containers, dust covers; inspection of packaging/containers.

• Inspection and testing procedures for instruments and equipment.

• Tray construction (e.g., size, density, weight, configuration of sets).

• Methods and products used to monitor sterilization (e.g., integrators, chemical and biological indicators) for trays, packs and rigid containers.

• Care, handling of instruments to include use of instrument lubricant, handling of implants, testing lap instruments; receipt of new instruments; storage of non-sterile instruments, etc.

• Tamper evident seals.

5. Sterilization (19% of Exam)

• Types of sterilizers and methods of sterilization (e.g., steam, gas plasma, EtO, dry heat, ozone, vapor phase hydrogen peroxide, etc.).

• Sterilization cycles and parameters for each sterilization methodology (e.g., time, temperature, concentration, steam under pressure, humidity). Includes sterility assurance levels.

• Quality assurance testing of sterilizers. Purpose, types, interpretation and documentation of sterilization printouts, charts, biological indicators, chemical indicators and chemical integrators. Includes uses for, procedures for and types of Bowie-Dick tests. Also includes temperature in incubators, documentation of all testing including Bowie-Dick, biological and chemical indicators/integrators; signing and interpretation of sterilizer printouts, keeping records neat; saving records.

• Operation of sterilizers including loading and unloading criteria and procedures for all types of sterilization methods. Includes cooling of Packs.

• Lot control and record keeping for all methods of sterilization including documentation of load contents, date and lot number, etc. on sterilization log. Including types of lot control labels for all sterilization methods and time related versus event related labels.

• Procedures for wet packs (e.g., causes, resolution).

• Cleaning procedures for various sterilization equipment.

• Recall procedures for items sterilized within the facility or purchased from an outside manufacturer.

6. Sterile Storage (11% of Exam)

• Factors that affect shelf life (e.g., packaging materials, moisture, damage). Excessive handling (slow moving items).

• Storage requirements and shelving design (e.g., environmental conditions -humidity, air exchange, placement).

• Stock rotation (e.g., FIFO).

• Distribution systems (e.g., case carts, specialty carts). Includes stocking carts. Includes tracking usage and location.

• Receiving products (e.g., corrugated boxes, breakout, containers).

7. Patient Care Equipment (2% of Exam)

• Collection and processing of patient care equipment.

• Disinfection, storage and distribution of patient care equipment.

• Types of patient care equipment and their use.

8. Ethics (2% of Exam)

• Compliance with regulatory standards, best practices, procedures and/or guidelines that impact on patient, employee or environmental safety; reporting instances of non-compliance

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