MDR104 - Decontamination, Principles, Procedures & Practice

Outline info
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Subject Title
Decontamination, Principles, Procedures & Practice

Subject Description
Introduces students to the principles of decontamination including instrument/equipment disassembly, various methods of cleaning/disinfecting, use of decontamination equipment (automated), proper workflow, standard precautions and the safe handling of sharps and medical bio-hazardous waste materials.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Medical Devices Reprocessing Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe and apply the principles of infection control and demonstrate the use of personal protective equipment in decontamination;
  2. Demonstrate the safe handling of contaminated sharps and bio-medical was materials;
  3. Apply principles and demonstrate steps in instrument/equipment disassembly in decontamination processes;
  4. Describe manual and automated cleaning processes;
  5. Describe various methods of cleaning (manual, automated).

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

MDR100-Medical Terminology
MDR102-Microbiology and Infection Control
MDR103-Identification, Care and Handling of Instrument

Topic Outline
Introduction to decontamination Decontamination Principles
Technical information about cleaning
Decontamination Process Machines in decontamination
Cleaning agents
Decontamination of Surgical instruments, Decontamination of Patient Equipment
Guidelines for Handling Sharps, Safety in Sterile Processing
Course review

Mode of Instruction
This course is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.
This is not a self-paced course. There is a schedule to follow.
Platform:  Desire2Learn

Prescribed Texts

Title Medical Device Reprocessing Manual  
Author Central Service Association of Ontario (CSAO)  
Publisher Central Service Association of Ontario (CSAO)  
Edition 4th  
Special Instructions Please note: the Manual and workbook are not included in the student's registration fee and must be order online as below.
Textbooks can be ordered online through: under education select the Manual and the Workbook.

Required Supplies
MS Word
Adobe Reader
PPT Reader

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  this includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams and accommodations.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Test #1 20%
Qiuz #1 10%
Quiz #2 10%
Test #2 20%
Final Exam Online -  invigilated 40%

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma, if, in more 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade. 

  • Assignments are due on the date given by the instructor.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.


Approved by: Sharon Estok