Know Your Cleaning Chemistries

Know Your Cleaning Chemistries


Evidence supports meticulous attention to detail for all steps in flexible endoscope processing. A critical element of that attention requires knowledge about the chemistries used for pretreatment and cleaning before high level disinfection. This faculty-developed, learner-paced independent study activity will present information on the importance of ensuring flexible endoscopes are as clean as possible before high level disinfection occurs. The activity will use guidelines and evidence-based practice to help learners make informed decisions concerning chemistry selection and water quality for pretreatment and cleaning of flexible endoscopes.

Target Audience

This faculty-developed, learner-paced education activity is intended primarily for RNs with a responsibility for or an interest in ensuring safe patient care in the endoscope suite. The activity will also be of interest to associates and technicians involved in endoscopy and endoscope reprocessing.

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of the continuing education activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Review evidence-based research related to chemistries used in the pretreatment at point of use and the cleaning process for GI and other flexible endoscopes.
  2. Discuss chemistries available for GI and other flexible endoscope cleaning in the GI Suite.
  3. Identify cleaning accessories to improve efficacy and efficiency in cleaning GI and other flexible endoscopes in the GI Suite.

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “Know Your Cleaning Chemistries” 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.


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 Registered 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.

ABCGN: According to the criteria of the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses (ABCGN), 1 hour earned in this activity is considered GI Specific (Category 5) for the purpose of recertification by contact hours through the ABCGN. ABCGN tracking number: GI2012019-015.

CBSPD: This program has been pre-approved by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution for 1.0 contact hour.

IAHCSMM: This program has been approved by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management for 1.0 contact hour.

NCCT: This program is acceptable for surgical technologist re-certification by National Center for Competency Testing.


Conflict of interest: The lead nurse planner discloses no conflict; the subject matter experts disclose salary or honorarium from the commercial support entity; they have signed a statement agreeing to present information fairly and without bias.

Commercial company support: Fees are underwritten by education funding provided by Cantel Medical.

CNE Credit / Certificate of Completion

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.


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