Ofstead & Associates, Inc.
Performing biochemical tests to verify cleaning effectiveness for flexible endoscopes
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.
By the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the rationale for verifying cleaning effectiveness before HLD or sterilization
- Describe current AORN, SGNA, and AAMI guidelines for cleaning verification during reprocessing of flexible endoscopes
- List three types of biochemical tests for organic soil
- Explain methods for collecting samples and conducting cleaning verification tests
- Outline strategies for designing and implementing a cleaning verification program
- Background and rationale for performing cleaning verification tests
- Guidelines for cleaning verification using biochemical tests
- Types of cleaning verification tests and sampling methods
- Performing and interpreting the results of cleaning verification tests
- Acting on the findings from cleaning verification tests
- Strategies for implementing a cleaning verification program
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.
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