Evaluation of Your Endoscope's Environment: Outcome-Oriented Process Improvement
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Evaluation of Your Endoscope's Environment:
Outcome-Oriented Process Improvement

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


The life expectancy of endoscopes varies greatly depending on care and handling practices within each facility. Proper care and handling starts with an understanding of endoscope construction, and recognition of potential damage. In this independent study education activity, learners will review the environment of the flexible endoscope, including everyday handling practices. If the actions, environment and people that contribute to unnecessary wear can be identified, then instituting a plan to minimize scope damage will increase efficiency. Learners will learn how to prevent damage from everyday use, thus extending the life of the scope and ensuring the safety of the patient. It is further expected that participants completing this eLearning activity will feel empowered to be an advocate for equipment and environmental safety in the Endoscopy Suite.

Target Audience

This online 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. List three safeguarding principles for endoscope storage.
  2. Discuss techniques to ensure safety for both the endoscope and the environment during transport and staging.
  3. Describe actions which will prevent potential problems of endoscope damage during cleaning and high-level disinfection.
  4. Analyze departmental policies, procedures and actions in order to improve the life expectancy of the endoscope.

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “Evaluation of Your Endoscope’s Environment: Outcome-Oriented Process Improvement”. 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 printable Data Collection Tool is available for those who wish to evaluate their own department’s policies and procedures. A bibliographic reference is included for those wishing additional information.

Contact Hours

Upon completion of the entire program, achieving a passing grade 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.

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