Preparing the Endoscope for High Level Disinfection
Failure to properly prepare the flexible endoscope prior to high level disinfection will result in ineffective processing and a threat to patient safety. The purpose of this faculty-directed activity is to present information on the critical importance of making sure flexible endoscopes are pretreated, leak tested, cleaned and undergo visualization of the scope components before high level disinfection. Evidence based research will be used to support strategies for using best practice when cleaning and preparing scopes for high level disinfection.
This faculty-directed education activity is intended primarily for RNs with a responsibility for or an interest in ensuring safe patient care in the endoscopy suite. The presentation will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel and MDs involved in endoscopy.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
Review current guidelines for pretreatment, contaminated transport, leak testing, manual and automated cleaning and visualization of flexible gastrointestinal, as well as other specialty flexible endoscopes used in the GI Suite.
Compare chemistries and accessories used for cleaning gastrointestinal and other flexible endoscopes before high level disinfection in the GI Suite.
Discuss GI Suite requirements for each of the first five steps in cleaning gastrointestinal and other flexible endoscopes.
Participants will complete the recorded webinar learning activity. They will view the presentation, then register to complete the evaluation and take the post-test on the website. 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 and the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider Number 50-574.
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).
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.
Certificate Issue / Replacement
Participants successfully completing the activity and submitting required documentation will be permitted to print a certificate of completion. Participants are advised to retain the certificate for eight years following activity completion.
Replacement of misplaced certificate is available from Educational Dimensions. There is a fee for this service. Request a replacement by contacting us.
Guide to Study
Detailed instructions for completing this eLearning activity
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Evaluation Form: Once you have registered or signed in you will be asked to complete an evaluation form and submit it. This is required to obtain the Certificate of Completion.
Post-test: A post-test, based on the content of the eLearning activity, will need to be taken. A passing score of 80% is required. This is required to obtain the Certificate of Completion.
Printing Your Certificate of Completion: Once you have successfully passed the post-test you will be able to print your Certificate of Completion. You will be given an opportunity to verify the information that will be printed on your certificate. Please make sure your printer is ready to print. You will not have access to the certificate page on later visits unless you contact us. Once you choose to print the Certificate of Completion, it will not be possible to make corrections. To obtain a corrected certificate you will need to contact Educational Dimensions. Fees may apply.
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Recorded Webinar Video
AAMI ST:91. (2015). AAMI/ANSI ST:91,Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities. Arlington, VA: AAMI/ANSI.
Hamed, M. M. A., Shamseya, M. M., Alah, I. D. A. N. D., & Sawaf, G. E. D. E. (2015). Estimation of average bioburden values on flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes after clinical use and cleaning: Assessment of the efficiency of the cleaning processes. Alexandria Journal of Medicine, 51(2), 95-103. doi: 10.1016/j.ajme.2014.05.002
Herrin, A., Loyola, M. Bocian, S. Diskey, A., Friis, C. M., Herron-Rice, L., & et al. (2016). Standards of Infection prevention in reprocessing flexible gastrointestinal endoscopes. Chicago, IL: Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates
Langlay, A. M. D., Ofstead, C. L., Mueller, N. J. , Tosh, P). K., Baron, T. H. & Wetzler, H. P. (2013). Reported gastrointestinal endoscope reprocessing lapses: The tip of the iceberg. American Journal of Infection Control, 41(12), 1188-1194.
Loyola, M., Bocian, S., Burkle, B. K., Diskey, A., Friis, C. M. & et al. (2017). Guideline for use of high-level disinfectants & sterilants in the gastroenterology setting. Chicago, IL. SGNA Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc
Van Wicklin, S. A., Conner, R., & Spry, C. (2016). Guideline for Processing Flexible Endoscopes, pp 717-800. Guidelines for Perioperative Practice 2017 Edition, Denver, CO. AORN