Care and Handling of the Flexible Endoscope
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Care and Handling of the Flexible Endoscope

Faculty: Lynne A. Thomas, BSN RN CGRN, CFER
Vice President, Regulation and Compliance
Integrated Medical Systems International Inc.
Birmingham, Alabama


Flexible endoscopes have been in use since the late 1960s, permitting minimally invasive visualization of the interior of many body cavities and lumens of tubular organs. The number of procedures performed endoscopically continues to increase each year. This independent study activity is intended to explore best practices in the everyday care and handling of flexible endoscopes. In this web-based independent study education activity, learners will review the care and handling of the flexible endoscope. They will learn how to prevent damage from everyday use, thus extending the life of the scope and ensuring the safety of the patient.

Target Audience

This independent study is intended primarily for RNs with a responsibility for or an interest in enhanced capability and extended life expectancy of flexible endoscopes. 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. Recall historical origin of current endoscopic technology
  2. Name the five basic sections of the flexible endoscope
  3. List care and handling techniques which will maximize life of the endoscope
  4. Identify the types of endoscope damage that can occur with daily use

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “Care and Handling of the Flexible Endoscope”. 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 May 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), 1.0 hour earned in this activity is considered GI-Specific for the purposes of recertification by contact hours through ABCGN.

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

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


  1. Successful completion: Participants must attend the entire program, including any resulting Q & A, and submit required documentation.
  2. Conflict of interest: Planners disclose no conflict of interest. The author, as an employee of the commercial support entity, hereby declares a conflict of interest.
  3. Commercial company support: Fees are underwritten by education funding provided by Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc.
  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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