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While many health care vendors offer web site technical assistance to customers, the web site sponsored by Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) in Irvine, CA, offers generic information related to disinfection and sterilization as well as continuing education courses that all visitors can utilize for free.
The web site, which can be reached via www.sterrad.com or www.cidex.com, features interactive independent study courses on disinfection and sterilization that can be used to earn 1.8 continuing education contact hours. A certificate of completion for the course is free, but application for the credits is $20. The credits are awarded by the California Board of Registered Nurses.
In addition to the continuing education programs, the site includes a listing of upcoming seminars and conferences at which disinfection, sterilization, and related topics are discussed. Trends and advances in sterilization as well specific contaminants, such as prions, are among the topics. Some of the programs are also available for presentation at individual facilities, says Jayme Lorentz, group manager of marketing programs for ASP. "The web site is updated as new information or new programs are available, and we do a major upload every quarter," Lorentz says.
Another feature that SDS managers will find helpful is the section of links to other sites related to disinfection and sterilization. A direct line to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s quarterly publication, CDC Emerging Infectious Disease Journal, also is available on the site.