Biofilm in Endoscopy

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Biofilm in Endoscopy

Author: Donna Girard, BSN RN CGRN


Every patient is entitled to a perfectly clean, pathogen free endoscope. Strict adherence to current guidelines should ensure this, but the emergence of biofilm as a factor in endoscope contamination must be acknowledged. Ongoing studies will dictate changes in policy and practice. This independent study activity is intended to explore the impact of biofilm in the Endoscopy Unit and encourage participants to implement necessary changes in their own practice area.

Target Audience

This independent study is intended primarily for RNs with an interest in the prevention of cross-contamination and infection caused by biofilm in GI Endoscopy practice. Perioperative nurses may also benefit. It will also be of interest to GI nursing associates, allied healthcare personnel and MDs involved in endoscopy.

Learner Objectives

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

  1. Discuss the concept of biofilm communities in industry and in the human body
  2. Explain the relationship between biofilm and endoscope contamination
  3. Relate findings from studies and literature to clinical area observation and practice
  4. State three best practices of disinfection which are particularly important in biofilm elimination

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled "Biofilm 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 31 July 2019.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 08747, the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider Number 50-574, the Florida Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 50-574, the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider Number 50-574 and the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Provider Number 50-26112.

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), .75 hours earned in this activity are 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: Planners disclose no 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. Fees are underwritten by education funding provided by Medivators, a Minntech Corporation Business Group.
  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 us.

Next Page: Guide to Study (detailed instructions for completing the eLearning activity)