Preparation Exam for Sterile Processing Technicians

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1. Which of the following is true regarding transporting soiled instruments from the OR?

  • A

    Visitors must move out of the way so the instruments can be trasported without hindrance

  • B

    Central Service Techs must always yield right of way to patients and visitors

  • C

    Before transport, reusable sharps should be kept together with other instruments

  • D

    The soiled instrument should be transported in an open container or cart

2. Which of the following information is NOT included on a safety data sheet?

  • A

    Special precautions

  • B

    Physical data

  • C

    Product identification

  • D

    Required inventory levels

3. If a biological indicator (BI) shows a positive growth , which of the following steps should be taken?

  • A

    The sterilizer should be taken out of service

  • B

    Any items processed in the load should be recalled

  • C

    The occurence shoud be reported to the CS department superviser

  • D

    All of the above are true

4. A private non-profit organization that conducts unannounced onsite surveys and evaluations:

  • A

    OSHA

  • B

    The Joint Commission

  • C

    AORN

  • D

    AAMI

5. When can a load be released from a sterilizer?

  • A

    After the sterilizer printouts have been reviewed by the technician

  • B

    Immediately after the sterilization has reached the recommended cycle time

  • C

    After the sterilizer printouts have been reviewed and signed and if all parameters were met

  • D

    If the load is observed to have no wet packs and printouts have been reviewed by the technician

6. When a medical equipment enters a healthcare facility how should it be treated?

  • A

    It should be immediately sent to decontamination area to be processed

  • B

    It should be dispatched for patient use if the vendor is known to the healthcare facility

  • C

    It should be stored in the sterile package area

  • D

    It should be safety checked and tested by Biomedical technician

7. Central Service technicians need to understand the anatomy of a steam sterilizer to

  • A

    know how to properly clean the chamber

  • B

    understand how the sterilizer operates

  • C

    understand how to test the thermostatic trap

  • D

    know how to properly maintain the jacket

8. High-level disinfectants may be deactivated by:

  • A

    dilution

  • B

    organic matter

  • C

    time

  • D

    all the above

9. Which of the following is true about the use of ultrasonic cleaners for complex instruments?

  • A

    They use the process of impingement to clean instruments

  • B

    They should never be used to clean complex instruments

  • C

    They use the process of cavitation to clean instruments

  • D

    They are used before manual cleaning

10. Which of the following is a self-retaining retractor?

  • A

    Osteotomes

  • B

    Richardson

  • C

    Weitlaner

  • D

    Rongeurs