iLearning Recorded Webinar
Visual Inspection of Flexible Endoscopes
Flexible endoscopes are highly delicate pieces of equipment and, unfortunately, vulnerable to damage. Normal wear and tear as well as physical trauma can lead to trouble. Current reprocessing guidelines require that all endoscopes be inspected to ensure they are visually clean and free of damage. In this learner paced continuing education activity, participants will review the common types of damage that can be detected using a thorough visual inspection routine. Attendees will learn how to properly handle an endoscope in order to avoid damage during routine use and reprocessing.
This learner paced education activity is intended primarily for RNs with a responsibility for or an interest in the proper handling of flexible endoscopes. The presentation will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel and MDs.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1) Review the common types of flexible endoscope damage that can be detected using a thorough visual inspection routine in GI Endoscopy
2) Discuss tools available to perform external and internal GI Endoscope inspection
3) Demonstrate proper handling of a flexible endoscope in order to avoid damage during routine use and
reprocessing in GI Endoscopy
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 program, achieving a score of 80% on the post test, and submission of required documentation, participants will be granted 1 contact hour CNE credit. 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) for 1.0 hour.
This program has been approved by the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) for 1.0 hour.
1. Successful completion: Participants must complete the entire program, register, achieve a score of 80% on the post-test and submit required documentation.
2. 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.
3. Commercial company support: Fees are underwritten by education funding provided by Boston Scientific.
4. Non-commercial company support: None.
5. Alternative/Complementary therapy: None.
6. Implicit Bias: Educational Dimensions supports efforts to eliminate health care disparities and implicit bias in medical treatment along the lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status and other characteristics in CNE activities addressing direct patient care.
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
The following steps will assist you in your successful completion of this eLearning Activity.
1. Read the content or view the recorded presentation. If you want contact hours at the completion of studying the eLearning material, you will be required to register, complete an evaluation and take a post-test prior to printing your Certificate of Completion. We urge you to complete the eLearning activity once you have started. However, if you do need to come back later, you can sign in with your email and eLearning ID.
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4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
8. If you encounter any technical problems during this eLearning activity, please contact us.
Recorded Webinar Video
ANSI/AAMI ST91: 2021. Flexible and semi-rigid endoscope processing in health care facilities.
AORN. (2023). Guidelines For Perioperative Practice. AORN Inc. ISBN: 978-0-939583-09-6.
CDC Essential Elements of a Reprocessing Program for Flexible Endoscopes – Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (Last update: June 28, 2017) accessed 21November2023. https://www.cdc.gov/hicpac/pdf/flexible-endoscope-reprocessing.pdf
Dept of Health and Human Services Collaboration. Duodenoscope Surveillance Sampling & Culturing. Accessed 29October2023. https://www.fda.gov/media/111081/download.
HSPA. 2022 Endoscopy Reprocessing Manual. 2nd ed; 75. ISBN#: 978-1-7923-8405-9.
Ofstead, CL et al. (2023). The utility of lighted magnification and borescopes for visual inspection of flexible endoscopes. American Journal of Infection Control; 51: 2-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2022.08.026.
Olympus Corporation of the Americas (2021) OnTrack Repair Reduction Evaluation/In-Service for Endoscopes (EVIS, EXERA, EXERA II, EXERA III)
Olympus customer letter dated September, 2023: Re: Information Regarding the Procedure for Performing a Presoak in Detergent Solution for Cases of Delayed Reprocessing and Excessive Bleeding.
SGNA. (2023). Standards of Infection Prevention in Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.
Thaker, AM et al (2018). Inspection of endoscope instrument channels after reprocessing using a prototype borescope. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; 88(4): 612-19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2018.04.2366.
Wise (2014). Biofilm changes the characteristic of microbes compromising food safety. MacroLake.