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Simethicone and insoluble products

Insoluble products like simethicone, lubricants, and tissue glue that may impact endoscope reprocessing effectiveness.

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  • What’s inside your scopes? Simethicone and other insoluble products used during endoscopy

    Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar will provide information about insoluble products like simethicone, lubricants, and tissue glue that may impact endoscope reprocessing effectiveness.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    During this webinar, the presenter describes her team’s groundbreaking discovery of simethicone inside gastrointestinal endoscopes. She explains how the substance was originally identified and describes her team’s detection of other insoluble products on bronchoscopes and GI endoscopes. The presenter discusses the nature of these products, their clinical value, and the dilemma posed by policies that prohibit their use. This course is designed to empower clinicians, perioperative nurses, central service managers, and reprocessing personnel interested in identifying suspicious residues found on endoscopes. The webinar includes recommendations for addressing the use of these insoluble products, including methods for determining which products are being used, conducting risk assessments, and developing strategies for reducing the risk.

  • COVID-19 and bronchoscopy: Evidence from the field (FREE) Cannot use Internet Explorer browser

    This webinar provides an overview of scientific evidence related to bronchoscope reprocessing effectiveness and the use of bronchoscopes during COVID-19 outbreaks.

    FREE WEBINAR. Not eligible for CE credit.

    Bronchoscopy played an important role in identifying the virus responsible for the current COVID-19 pandemic, and there will be a continued need for bronchoscopy among critically ill COVID-19 patients and others with serious conditions. There is substantial evidence that bronchoscope reprocessing is not consistently effective. Inadequate reprocessing puts healthcare personnel and patients at risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other pathogens harbored in bronchoscopes. This webinar is designed to provide timely evidence to clinicians, infection preventionists, and reprocessing personnel who handle reusable bronchoscopes. The presenter is an epidemiologist who specializes in infection prevention. She explains key findings from her bronchoscope reprocessing studies and COVID-19 studies by others working in the field. This webinar also describes strategies for reducing bronchoscopy-associated risks that impact healthcare personnel and patient safety.

  • Minimizing the risk of exposure, injury, and infection during bronchoscopy (FREE)

    Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar will provide information about bronchoscopes and help you implement quality management strategies for bronchoscope reprocessing and maintenance.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    Numerous outbreaks and patient injuries have been linked to the use of contaminated and damaged bronchoscopes. Residual bioburden in bronchoscopes can also impact clinical lab results and cause patients to be treated for infections they may not have. Bronchoscopes are used and reprocessed by diverse personnel in numerous departments, which makes it challenging to ensure that reprocessing is done correctly every time—especially when bronchoscopes are used in emergency situations. This webinar explores factors that contribute to patient vulnerability and reprocessing effectiveness. The presenter will discuss insights from her research and recommendations for quality management strategies that participants can implement in their own institutions. This course is designed to provide clinicians, perioperative nurses, central service managers, and reprocessing personnel with information and resources that will enable them to evaluate and improve their bronchoscope reprocessing and maintenance programs.

  • The endoscope drying imperative: what, why, when, where, and how?

    Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar will help you evaluate your endoscope drying practices and implement a drying verification program.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    Retained moisture can foster the growth of microbes and biofilm inside endoscopes. This webinar will describe research that demonstrates the importance of using effective, evidence-based methods for drying and what happens when endoscopes are stored wet. Participants will learn about current guidelines for drying and storing patient-ready endoscopes. Stories with photos and videos will illustrate the what, when, why, where, and how to get endoscopes dry. The presenter will share her experience evaluating drying practices and using drying verification tools. This webinar will provide frontline reprocessing personnel and managers with strategies for assessing and improving their drying practices.

  • Performing biochemical tests to verify cleaning effectiveness for flexible endoscopes

    Includes Credits

    This CE-eligible webinar will help you design and implement a quality assurance program to verify your endoscope cleaning effectiveness.

    Eligible for Contact Hours | IAHCSMM: 1.0 Contact Hours | CBSPD: 1.0 Contact Hours | RN: 1.0 Contact Hours

    Residual soil that is not removed from endoscopes during manual cleaning may reduce the effectiveness of HLD and sterilization, putting patients at risk for exposure to other patients’ tissue, secretions, and potential pathogens. Cleaning verification using rapid indicators is one method for determining if endoscopes are clean before they are disinfected or sterilized. This webinar will introduce several types of cleaning verification tests and explain how they can be used and interpreted. The presenter will provide insights, photos, and videos of rapid indicator tests from her experience in the field. Participants will learn strategies for setting up their own programs that improve patient safety with sustainable cleaning verification processes. This course is designed to give frontline managers and reprocessing personnel the tools they need to develop their own quality assurance program for manual cleaning.