iLearning

Educational Dimensions is pleased to provide a variety of independent study learning opportunities. Whether online webinars or printed modules, our online certification will allow participants to register, take the post-test, evaluate the learner-paced activity and then print the certificate of completion.

About iLearning

iLearning activities offered by Educational Dimensions are faculty-directed, learner-paced activities, in a variety of modalities. Printed modules and recorded webinars come under this category. Participants will read the content or access the webinar; they will then register online, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post-test and submit the required evaluation. They will be awarded the correct number of contact hours and then print out their certificate of completion.

iLearning activities may be underwritten by education funding and commercial support from our education partners. Educational Dimensions, the CNE Provider for these education activities, is philosophically dedicated to the provision of quality continuing nursing education and does not endorse products or services provided by commercial support entities.

How it works - Our iLearning Process

6 simple steps for  course certification

Step 1

Select one of our courses

After reading the course summary, click on "take course now"

Step 2

Read the course content

We have structured the course for your learning convenience

Step 3

Registration

Complete registration form for your eLearning ID. Returning - just log in

Step 4

Evaluation

Complete simple evaluation form as part of your Certificate of Completion

Step 5

Post-Test

Complete the course Post-Test. Score of 80% is required

Step 6

Certificate of Completion

Review Certificate information for corrections and then print

Printed Modules

Know Your Cleaning Chemistries

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This independent study activity will present information on the critical importance of making sure flexible endoscopes are as clean as possible before high level disinfection occurs. Evidence supports meticulous attention to detail for all steps in flexible endoscope processing. Knowledge about chemistries used for pretreatment and cleaning of the flexible endoscope before high level disinfection will be shared with participants to better inform their practice.

Please reach out to your local Cantel consultant to obtain a copy of this module.

Participants who complete the printed module will be authorized access to the online certification process. Upon completion of that process, they will be awarded 1 contact hour and will be able to print out the certificate of completion.

Recorded Webinars

Boston Scientific Endoscopy

The following learner-paced CNE activities are supported through education funding provided by: Boston Scientific Endoscopy

Duodenoscope Processing: A Way Forward

The current data on the rate of duodenoscope contamination has focused attention on the potential infection risk from procedures performed with duodenoscopes. This one-hour CNE activity will examine the data on the efficacy of duodenoscope processing, the impact on the risk of infection, and evaluation of new technologies designed to address the issue. Participants will receive information enabling them to be proactive in their infection prevention strategies for endoscopes as they choose solutions related to the handling of these complicated endoscopes. 

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Cantel Medical

The following learner-paced CNE activities are supported through education funding provided by: Cantel Medical

Biofilm in Endoscopy

Every patient is entitled to a perfectly clean, pathogen free endoscope. Strict adherence to current guidelines should ensure this, but the emergence of biofilm as a factor in endoscope contamination must be acknowledged. Biofilm is a collection of microorganisms surrounded by the slime they secrete, attached to either an inert or a living surface. Some are beneficial: the organisms lining a healthy intestine prevent damage from pathogenic toxins. Other types of biofilm are harmful, harboring microorganisms which may cause chronic infection or perhaps lead to rejection of medical implants. This independent study activity will explore the impact of biofilm in the Endoscopy Unit and encourage participants to implement necessary changes in their own practice area.

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Competency: It's Not Just a Checklist Anymore

The use of a task checklist in competency validation is traditional but fails to consider more complex issues of rationale and regulations. The purpose of this module is to provide information for the learner to be able to differentiate between education, in-servicing and competency. It will provide information to help participants identify resources needed to achieve the different types of learning and skills required to achieve competency. This one-hour continuing education program will provide information to help participants select appropriate activities and strategies to guide competency development.

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Decreasing Human Error in Endoscope Processing

Flexible endoscope reprocessing has been identified by the ECRI Institute as the number one patient safety issue.   Researchers involved in flexible endoscope reprocessing have identified human error as a leading contributor to mistakes made in endoscope reprocessing.  This one-hour continuing education program will provide information concerning human errors that have been observed or documented by researchers throughout each critical touch point in endoscope reprocessing.  Criteria for endoscope reprocessing validations, competency development and work processes will be discussed.  The participant will leave the course understanding the multiple steps required for traceability; recognizing where human error can occur in flexible endoscope reprocessing and identifying the technologies that can improve patient safety through effective traceability. Further, the participant will leave with the tools to advocate for improved patient safety, handling medical devices and flexible endoscopes

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Getting Scopes to Dry

Drying is a big focus in flexible endoscopy practice and closely related to infection prevention. right now. The purpose of this faculty-directed, learner-paced activity is to present information to GI nurses and associates regarding the critical importance of thorough drying, appropriate storage and safe, protected transport for their flexible endoscopes.  The program will identify guideline recommendations that support best practice in drying, storage and clean transport.  Evidence-based research will be used to highlight the risks of traditional practice along with solutions that mitigate those risks, enabling participants to identify and correct endoscope drying errors in their own GI Suite.

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Infection Prevention: Microbiology Issues to Consider When Processing Flexible Endoscopes

The use of a task checklist in competency validation is traditional but fails to consider more complex issues of rationale and regulations. The purpose of this module is to provide information for the learner to be able to differentiate between education, in-servicing and competency. It will provide information to help participants identify resources needed to achieve the different types of learning and skills required to achieve competency. This one-hour continuing education program will provide information to help participants select appropriate activities and strategies to guide competency development.

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Infection Prevention: Mitigating Cross Contamination During Processing Medical Devices and Flexible Endoscopes

Cross contamination is a process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one object to another, with harmful effect,  especially because of unsanitary handling procedures. This module will provide information enabling the learner to identify practice gaps that could lead to cross contamination during processing of medical devices and flexible endoscopes. Strategies to mitigate identified practice gaps and engage staff members to maintain situational awareness for cross contamination during work practices will be discussed. The participants will be able to identify potential cross contamination opportunities during workflow processes while cleaning and handling medical devices and flexible endoscopes.

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Risk Analysis: Identifying Practice Gaps

A professional practice gap is defined as the difference between what a health care practitioner currently knows and is doing, and what (s)he should know and do. This faculty-directed, learner-paced activity will provide information and guidance for participants to recognize, identify and analyze potential gaps in endoscopy processing practice. The speaker will review how acceptable and best practices are determined, providing a roadmap for analysis of the risks inherent in each of the nine steps of processing flexible endoscopes in the gastroenterology endoscopy suite. Upon completion, participants will be able to explain why certain practices are considered unacceptable and relate those practices to potential patient safety and worker safety issues.  They will be able to describe how to analyze the risks involved in unacceptable practices.

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Risk Analysis: Overcoming Practice Gaps

A professional practice gap is defined as the difference between what a health care practitioner currently knows and is doing, and what (s)he should know and do. The purpose of this faculty-directed learner-paced program is to provide information and guidance to GI Suite and Endoscope Processing personnel, assisting them in selecting and implementing appropriate strategies and tactics to overcome previously identified practice gaps.  The overview of methodologies will include tools for planning, implementation, assessment and revising of their approaches.  The program will include review of potential obstacles and set-backs, using examples from the GI Suite and will discuss options for overcoming those barriers. Participants will be able identify and implement an optimal framework for creating a productive, solution-oriented plan to address practice gaps in GI practice.  They will be able to organize and oversee a multi-disciplinary Risk Assessment team, and using evidence from research, outline the required steps, responsibilities and metrics to resolve the key aspects of the identified practice gap. They will also be able to discuss ideas and a course of action for sustaining improvements in practice once changes in practice have been implemented.

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Scope School from A to Z

Recent research has identified an education gap in staff responsible for flexible endoscope reprocessing, resulting in increased rates of human error. The increasing level of complexity of flexible endoscopes requires meticulous attention to detail when cleaning. This learner-paced continuing education activity will provide information regarding the functions and challenges of flexible endoscope reprocessing. Participants will enhance their knowledge of flexible endoscopes and potential areas of processing challenge areas.

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The Chemistry of Cleaning

The purpose of this education activity is to provide information and guidance to program participants to help them select the appropriate medical detergents for pre-treatment, manual and automated cleaning, and biofilm removal from flexible endoscopes. The focus on chemistry will provide a foundation of knowledge about the differences in cleaning action and chemical properties that will support best practice in the gastrointestinal endoscopy suite.

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YAY! We Get to Reopen - Now What?

The purpose of this 90-minute recorded webinar program is to provide information and guidance for  program participants to help them plan for and execute the steps required to reopen an endoscopy suite that was closed during the government-mandated lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus on scheduling and managing patient flow and workflow, department cleaning practices, recommissioning of equipment,  appropriate selection of chemistries and Personal Protective Equipment will provide guidance and a framework for implementation of best practices to minimize transmission risks while maximizing availability of needed patient care.

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GI Supply

The following learner-paced CNE activities are supported through education funding provided by: GI Supply

Ensuring Patient Safety with Endoscopic Tattooing

Endoscopic marking, first described in 1975, is used to assist in operative localization and to facilitate identification of subtle mucosal lesions. It is rapidly gaining attention for its use in the GI Suite This faculty-directed continuing education activity will provide information on the role of endoscopic tattoo in patient safety. Enhanced visualization, preoperative lesion localization and prevention of wrong site surgery will all contribute to patient safety.

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Management of Polyps in the GI Track

It is well established that most colon cancers arise from colon polyps. By identifying and removing colon polyps during colonoscopy, we can prevent their progression to cancer and ultimately save lives. This CNE activity will present information on the management of lesions/polyps in the Gl Tract. It is expected that participants will be able to identify Gl tract polyps and the various advanced techniques required for management.

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Participants who complete the webinar module will be authorized access to the online certification process. Upon completion of that process, they will be awarded CNE credit and will be able to print out the certificate of completion.

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