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3PC-011 A virtual sterilisation area: an interactive training tool
  1. A Crou,
  2. D Boden,
  3. P Perot,
  4. G Desautez,
  5. V Chevalet,
  6. R Schofield,
  7. A Ghazouani
  1. Hôpital Marie Lannelongue, Haut-De-Seine, Le Plessis-Robinson, France


Background and Importance The training of sterilisation technicians represents a major challenge to ensure the safety, security and limit the contamination of reusable medical devices.

Aim and Objectives The objective was to develop a tool to ensure basic and continuous training of sterilisation technicians, taking into account their professional backgrounds and skills.

The tool aims to contribute to the integration of newcomers and the standardisation of training, which currently is mainly done through mentoring.

Material and Methods A training booklet was developed, covering the different stages of the sterilisation process. It was used as a basis for the realisation of instructional videos, showing the entire sterilisation process.

The videos were then included in a virtual blueprint of the sterilisation area made with 3D mapping software.

Results The guide was written following the French Sterilisation Guidelines and the internal practices of the technicians. It was divided into 4 main parts, corresponding to the different steps of the sterilisation circuit, which are: individual outfitting of technicians, washing of the medical devices, assembly of the sterile boxes, and unloading systems for autoclaves.

These parts were illustrated by 4 videos, which were integrated into the different rooms of the 3D layout. A 3D layout was created with Kozikaza®, 3D mapping software, from the measured blueprint of the sterilisation area. It replicated the technicians’ work environment as realistically as possible. To complete their virtual training, the agent decides either to follow the classic circuit or to choose one step specifically. Then, they click on the hyperlink in the virtual room which refers them to a video corresponding to the step of the circuit.

Conclusion and Relevance This interactive tool allows catering to different professional backgrounds, taking into account the technicians’ preferences regarding training methods. It enables an improvement of the quality of the circuit, of sterilisation practices, and facilitates the training of sterilisation technicians. This training, systematically offered to employees upon their arrival and annually to the whole team, will be evaluated to identify their needs.

Conflict of Interest No conflict of interest

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