Managing Flexible Endoscopes
Minimizing the risk of infection related to Endoscopy Procedures requires constant vigilance for staff, up to date policies and procedures that reflect current evidence, preparing equipment for re-use, and following manufacturer instructions for use. More than 20 million gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures are performed annually in the United States. (Hutfless 2018) While rare, patients have acquired infections from these procedures due to poor cleaning and disinfection of equipment, lapses in infection prevention practices and defective or poorly maintained endoscopic or reprocessing equipment.
Learn necessary staff competencies and critical steps for cleaning, disinfecting and storing endoscopes properly to minimize potential harm for all patients.
Learn Endoscope processing tasks and successful strategies to prevent the risk of infection as outlined in this course. Interested in our Nursing Contact Hours opportunity?
Learn & Apply
Minimizing the Risk of Infection
Discuss Endoscopy Infection Statistics, Education, Training and Competencies.
Use of Proper Attire and PPE
Identify how to clean, disinfect and store flexible GI endoscopes
Learn endoscope processing tasks with focus on key steps and common challenges.
About the Instructor
Denise Smith, RN, MS, CLNC, HACP
Denise Smith is a Senior Consultant with Courtemanche & Associates. In this role she is responsible for assessing healthcare organizational readiness for licensing, certification, accreditation, and regulatory compliance. She has extensive knowledge in the requirements of The Joint Commission, DNV, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services including knowledge in their survey process, auditing approach and survey outcome determination. She also has knowledge and experience in AAHC and other regulatory and accreditation organizations. She assists organizations with survey preparation, educational needs, post survey activities, patient safety strategies and quality improvement initiatives. Denise has more than 40 years of experience and expertise in Infection Prevention, Sterile Processing, Legal Nurse Consulting, Quality and Resource Management, Clinical Education, in acute inpatient and outpatient care settings.