Aseptic Technique

Free

12 Months Access

What you will learn

This e-learning module aims to help prepare all health care workers to minimise risk and prevent the spread of infectious agents. The flexible learning style allows you to complete the module at your own pace.

The module provides an overview of the key principles of infection prevention and control that should be used as part of your routine work practices to protect you and your patients from infectious diseases.

Relevance

This course is intended for multidisciplinary clinical staff who perform any procedures requiring aseptic technique.

Course prerequisite

Successful completion of the annual hand hygiene accreditation for your organisation is a prerequisite for this course.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of key principles relating to aseptic technique
  • outline the importance of aseptic technique in the prevention of infection
  • identify the practices that carry an infection risk during a procedure requiring aseptic technique
  • describe infection prevention measures to manage the risks identified
  • demonstrate knowledge of how to apply the principles of aseptic technique in a clinical practice context.

About this course

Duration

The course will take approximately one hour to complete.

Certificate

On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.

Disclaimer

This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.

The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.

If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.

Compliance

The course aligns with National Safety and Quality Health Service, second edition – Standards 3 and 6.

Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard: Ticked Communication for Safety Standard: Ticked
Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

The course references the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare, where aseptic technique is recognised as a component of standard precautions.

Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care

The course design reflects the Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care (consumer centred, driven by information, and organised for safety).

SA Health Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Strategic Framework

The course complies with the SA Health Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Strategic Framework.

Resources

The following resources have been developed as part of the Aseptic Technique project and may be used by individual organisations to meet the requirements of National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 3.10 Developing and implementing protocols for aseptic technique.

Aseptic technique guide/notes
This document is a quick reference outlining the principles of aseptic technique.

7 easy steps to aseptic technique
A poster intended for display in clinical areas.

Organisational risk analysis data spreadsheet
This spreadsheet can be used to identify high risk areas for auditing purposes using the SA Health aseptic technique risk matrix.

Audit Tools

Tools to assist organisations to achieve National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 3.10.2 Compliance with aseptic technique is regularly audited (Microsoft Word documents).

Competency Assessment Tools

Tools to assist organisations in the practical competency assessment of clinicians (Microsoft Word documents).

Useful Links

ACSQHC Standard Precautions poster
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC)

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC)

Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC)

Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) Prevention Project
Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS)

Glen’s Story
The Victorian Infection Control Professionals Association (VICPA). Government of Victoria, Australia

Hand Hygiene Australia Glove Use Policy
Hand Hygiene Australia

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Policy Directive – Aseptic Technique Policy Directive
SA Health, Government of South Australia, Australia

Policy Directive – SA Health Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Policy Directive
SA Health, Government of South Australia, Australia

World Health Organisation Glove Use Information Leaflet
World Health Organisation

SA Health wide change of 0.9% Sodium Chloride 10ml ampoules information sheet
B. Braun Australia Pty Ltd

Acknowledgements

Course sponsors

This course was funded by the Safety and Quality Unit, SA Health and prepared by the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) in partnership with the Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

Course development

The development of this course was a collaborative effort. Contributors across SA Health include:

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

With particular acknowledgement to:

  • Genevieve Sturman (Manager, Clinical Governance, Clinical Governance Unit, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network)
  • Julie Rogers (Nurse Education Facilitator, Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research, Flinders Medical Centre, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network)
  • Melanie Bredereck (Clinical Nurse, Repatriation General Hospital, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network)

Special thanks to the SALHN clinical experts for their input into the clinical practice videos.

Special mention also to Sally Clarke (Registered Nurse, Flinders Medical Centre), Katherine Lyons (Registered Nurse, Noarlunga Health Services), Melissa Hawkins (Infection Control Coordinator, Noarlunga Health Services) and the SALHN Clinical Services Coordinators who have been instrumental in assisting with the Aseptic Technique project.

Infection Control Service

With particular acknowledgement to:

  • Wendy Peecock (RN GDNS Infec, CICP, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health)

SA Health Aseptic Technique Working Party

Special thanks and acknowledgement to the Safety and Quality and Local Health Network Infection Control Professionals involved in the SA Health Aseptic Technique Working Party for their expert advice.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defence (DOD)

We acknowledge the generosity of AHRQ and DOD in permitting the use of TeamSTEPPS® material in South Australia. TeamSTEPPS® is an evidence based teamwork training system to improve quality and safety in health care.

Design and development team
Digital Media, Centre for Education and Training, Women's and Children's Hospital, SA Health

  • Alison Russell, Director
  • Peter Bailes, Education designer
  • Caroline Gliddon, Graphic designer
  • Erin Baldock, Graphic designer
  • Chris Faulker, Multimedia developer
  • Christopher Sprod, Photographer

Course structure