16. For CRICE Including Sterile Field programme (Green Card), how do I go about completing the practical aseptic technique observations?

Practical observation of aseptic techniques (scrub techniques) ONLY for CRICE Including Sterile Field (Green Card)

  1. The practical course (including Sterile Field) was specifically designed for people who routinely enter the sterile field (option 1). However, we have provided options 2 and 3 below for people who do not routinely enter the sterile field but may do so in future.
  2. Observation of your aseptic techniques is NOT intended to be a training session but a competency assessment. You must be familiar with the techniques PRIOR to the observations. Please view the videos in the e-learning programme and practice your aseptic techniques with colleagues, friends and family before attempting the practical observations. Hospital personnel have been quite willing to collaborate on this initiative but are NOT required to do this as part of their job and do so on a voluntary basis.
  3. If a hospital’s aseptic procedure differs to the checklist, please amend on the checklist itself. We will review amendments and query if necessary.
  4. You must be observed on the closed-gloving technique even though you may not routinely perform this technique. You may therefore perform this in dummy sessions.
    • Perform this practical in the presence of a colleague from your company (NOT done at hospitals). Your colleague must have a clinical or medical qualification and must have experience with donning and doffing of PPE. Colleagues who are nurses, doctors, first aiders, OHS safety officers, lab techs etc typically qualify on both criteria. 
  1. Two different observers (on two separate occasions) who are currently registered with SANC/HPCSA and who have either a Theatre Qualification or Theatre Experience to observe your aseptic techniques and complete the Observation Checklist
  2. Practical observations can be completed at ANY hospital. 

Completion of Electronic Observation Checklist  

Practical aseptic technique is only applicable to Including Sterile field (Green) course. Observers will complete the electronic observation checklist which appears under the steps on CRICE CAMS mobile application 

You have three options to complete the practical component. 

Very Important: Irrespective of the option chosen below please take note of the following:   

  • Two observations are required on to different occasions (second can occur immediately after the first)  
  • Two different observers must be selected for each observation.  
  • Observers must have theatre experience and must be either a registered nurse with a valid SANC number or a registered medical doctor with a valid HPCSA Registration Number.  
  • SANC Numbers start with the number 1 and are 8 digits long.  
  • HPCSA Registration Numbers start with letters MP and have 7 digits  
  • They will complete the Observation Checklist Practical observations.  

Option 1 

During your next routine visit (s) into theatre at ANY HOSPITAL where you are required to scrub, request any 2 observers  who meet the above criteria to observe your aseptic techniques and complete the Observation Checklist. 

Option 2 

You and/or your company may arrange to have 2 different observers who meet above to observer your aseptic techniques in dummy runs in-house. This option is especially viable if you have experienced scrub sisters in your team who are currently registered with SANC and for reps who do not have sufficient experience with scrubbing, gowning and gloving as it can be a combined training and assessment session. 

Option 3 

Netcare has agreed to provide the third option which includes a training component at Netcare campuses at a nominal fee. Your company may enrol a team of 10 or more people into the Netcare 1 day programme at any of the Netcare campuses nationwide. Click here for more info on cost, campus locations and course. 

This is a viable option for reps who are required to complete the practical but have not had sufficient experience with scrubbing, gowning and gloving as it is a combined training and assessment session.