Ofstead & Associates, Inc.
Visual inspection of flexible endoscopes with borescopes
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Eligible for 1.0 contact hour | HSPA | CBSPD | RN |
This webinar describes methods for using borescopes, which are tools that can “scope the scope” to make sure ports and channels are clean and in good condition. Presenters will provide an introduction to the anatomy of various endoscope models and provide real-world photos and videos of brand-new scopes and defects observed during borescope exams. Participants will learn strategies for setting up a borescope program and responding to findings.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the clinical implications of damage and debris found inside endoscopes
- Explain tools and methods for conducting borescope examinations of endoscope interiors
- Describe several defects that are commonly identified during borescope exams
- List recommendations for visual inspection of flexible endoscopes in current guidelines
- Describe risk assessment and quality improvement strategies
- Rationale for visually inspecting channels and ports
- Endoscope anatomy
- How to conduct borescope exams
- Common findings from borescope exams
- Establishing a borescope program
- Sponsor acknowledgement (supported by an educational grant from Healthmark)
Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH
President & CEO, Ofstead & Associates
Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, is an epidemiologist with 30 years of experience designing and conducting studies about the impact of clinical processes on patient outcomes. She has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous studies related to infection prevention, instrument reprocessing, and vaccination against infectious diseases. Ms. Ofstead is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research, and her studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals including CHEST, AJIC, ICHE, Journal of Hospital Infection, Gastroenterology Nursing, and Vaccine. She currently serves as a reviewer for AJIC, Endoscopy, and the Journal of Urology, and is an active member of the editorial board for AJIC. She has presented the findings of her studies at national and international conferences sponsored by the CDC, APIC, IAHCSMM, AORN, SGNA, AGA, and several universities. In addition, she currently serves as a preceptor for epidemiology students in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.
Abigail G. Smart, MPH
Research Associate, Ofstead & Associates
Abigail Smart, MPH, joined the Ofstead team as a research associate in 2019, where she conducts surveillance of peer-reviewed evidence, industry information, and government reports and databases, and supports primary research and continuing education efforts. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology. Ms. Smart has experience in a variety of research settings, including as a research assistant for a developmental psychology research group and as a technician in virology and chemistry labs where she conducted analysis for public health and environmental research. Her work has been published in AJIC, and she has presented at the Midwest Psychological Association and the University of Minnesota Cognitive Psychology Seminar. Prior to working at Ofstead, Ms. Smart served as a direct support professional and assistant team lead at care facilities for developmentally disabled adults.