This course is designed to educate staff about the essential steps for ensuring that flexible endoscopes are safe for patient use, factors that affect the quality of reprocessing, and the consequences of faulty reprocessing. It is applicable to central service professionals working in various types of healthcare facilities where endoscopy reprocessing occurs.
This in-service has been Approved by the CBSPD, Inc. for 1.0000 CEUs.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Consequences of Faulty Endoscope Reprocessing
Infections and Tissue Irritation
Virus, Parasite, and Fungus Transmission
Section 3: Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing
What are Endoscopes
Types of Endoscopes
Personal Protective Equipment
High-Level Disinfection / Sterilization
Section 4: Best Practices and Supplemental Measures for Duodenoscope Reprocessing
Problems with Duodenoscopes
Duodenoscope Reprocessing Best Practices
Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Following Cleaning and High-Level Disinfection
Use of a Liquid Chemical Sterilant Processing System
Repeat High-level Disinfection
Section 5: Conclusion
Expert Reviewer: Sherry Hughes CRCST, CHL, CIS
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has experience across multiple healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR Staff and Charge Nurse; Director of School Health Services/School Nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection Control Practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as an acute care SME Writer in 2017 and Curriculum Designer in 2021, she provided consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas in 1989 and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University in 2010 with an emphasis in healthcare administration.Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Sherry Hughes CRCST, CHL, CIS. Sherry has 36 years of experience in healthcare, 35 of which have been at Wilson Health in the sterile processing department. Since 2011, she has been a team lead and supervisor. She has a love and passion for the challenging, rewarding, and always changing field of sterile processing. During her tenure in the field, she has developed an effective SP tech training and orientation program and has organized and implemented a sterile processing networking forum for SP professionals from area hospitals to gather and participate in educational presentations and round table discussions. Sherry serves on several hospital committees, including employee health and infection control, the department of surgical services, and quality assurance and performance improvement. She has earned several certifications from the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materials Management, including CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician), CHL (Certification in Healthcare Leadership), and CIS (Certified Instrument Specialist). She is very self-driven and finds great satisfaction using her knowledge, skills, and due diligence as a part of every surgical procedure performed in her local hospital to keep patients safe and facilitate the best possible outcomes.Disclosure: Sherry Hughes CRCST, CHL, CIS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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