Pathogens of Concern: Keeping Our Patients Safe in Endoscopy
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Pathogens of Concern: Keeping Our Patients Safe in Endoscopy

Faculty: Donna Girard, BSN RN CGRN


Gastrointestinal endoscopy is an important tool for the identification and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. While endoscopy procedures are safer than surgery, there is still the inherent risk of infection. A thorough understanding of infection prevention and its application to GI endoscopy are crucial to preventing lapses in the reprocessing procedures that could lead to cross contamination and infection spread.

Target Audience

This independent study is intended primarily for RNs with a responsibility for or an interest in preventing infection in GI Endoscopy. It will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel and MDs involved in endoscopy.

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss potential complications resulting from the presence of various pathogens in endoscopy equipment
  2. Discuss the role that biofilm plays in contamination of endoscopes
  3. Recognize the impact of infections related to endoscopy
  4. State the steps required to correctly reprocess an endoscope in the clinical area

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “Pathogens of Concern: Keeping Our Patients Safe in Endoscopy”. They will read the article, then register to take the post-test and complete the evaluation on the website. They will submit the documentation as directed. A bibliographic reference is included for those wishing additional information.

Contact Hours

Upon completion of the entire program, achieving a score of 80% on the post-test, and submission of required documentation, participants will be granted 1 contact hour. No partial credit will be granted.Contact hours are available for this eLearning activity until 30 September 2016.


Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 08747, the Florida Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 50-574, the Iowa Board of Nursing, Provider Number 317 and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Provider Number WV97-0217RN.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to verify acceptance of contact hours for relicensure.

According to the criteria of the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN), 1 hour earned in this activity is considered GI Specific for the purpose of re-certification by contact hours through the ABCGN.

This program has been pre-approved by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) for 1 contact hour.


  1. Successful completion: Participants must complete the entire program and submit required documentation.
  2. Conflict of interest: The author, Donna Girard, RN, BSN, CGRN is a consultant working independently to provide nursing education in endoscopy and infection prevention. As a paid consultant for various companies, including Medivators, Getinge and N.M. Beale CO., Ms. Girard has declared affiliations that could be perceived as posing a potential conflict of interest. In the interest of quality CNE, the author has signed a statement agreeing to present information fairly and without bias.

  3. Commercial company support: Fees are underwritten by education funding provided by Medivators.
  4. Non-commercial company support: None.
  5. Alternative/Complementary therapy: None

Certificate Issue / Replacement

Participants successfully completing the activity and submitting required documentation will be permitted to print a certificate of completion. Participants are advised to retain the certificate for eight years following activity completion.

Replacement of misplaced certificate is available from Educational Dimensions. There is a fee for this service. Request a replacement by contacting Educational Dimensions.

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