DRYING FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPES: FACT AND FICTION
Drying is a big focus in flexible endoscopy practice right now. SGNA and other professional societies recommend "complete drying" before storage, but no one prescribes exactly how to get there. Figuring out the solution is a growing challenge for the typical GI department. Research illustrates that incomplete drying is a source of post-processing contamination and may be related to biofilm proliferation and patient exposure. Less than optimal storage and transport of high-level disinfected, patient ready endoscopes can also be a source of problems - for your scopes and accessories and for the people on whom they're used. In this faculty-directed, learner-paced activity, you will learn more about what you can do to elevate your practice and safeguard your patients.
This independent study is intended primarily for RNs with an interest in flexible endoscope reprocessing and ensuring patient safety in GI Endoscopy and other flexible endoscopy procedures. It will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel and MDs involved in endoscopy.
Upon completion of the continuing education activity, participants should be able to:
- Review evidence-based practice related to the importance of complete drying of flexible endoscopes before use or storage of the endoscopes.
- Discuss human error observed during endoscope reprocessing research related to drying of the flexible endoscopes after high level disinfection.
- Compare professional society guideline recommendations for storage of reprocessed flexible endoscopes.
Participants will complete the printed module learning activity. They will register online to complete the evaluation and take the post-test. They will submit the documentation as directed. A bibliographic reference is included for those wishing additional information.
Upon successful completion of the entire online program and submission of required documentation, participants will be granted 1 contact hour. No partial credit will be granted.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 08747, the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider Number 50-574, the Florida Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 50-574, the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider Number 50-574 and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Provider Number 50-26112.
It is the responsibility of the licensee to verify acceptance of contact hours for relicensure.
According to the criteria of the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN), contact hours earned in this activity are considered GI Specific for the purpose of recertification through the ABCGN.
This program has been pre-approved by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).
This program has been approved by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).
This program is acceptable for surgical technologist recertification by the National Center for Competency Testing.
- Successful completion: Participants must complete the entire program, register, achieve a score of 80% on the post-test and submit required documentation.
- Conflict of interest: Planners disclose no conflict of interest. The speakers disclose salary or honorarium from the commercial support entity; they have signed a statement agreeing to present material fairly and without bias.
- Commercial company support: Fees are underwritten by education funding provided by Cantel Medical.
- Non-commercial company support: None.
- Alternative/Complementary therapy: None.
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