Risk Analysis: Identifying Gaps in GI Practice

Risk Analysis:
Identifying Gaps in GI Practice


The purpose of this activity is to present information regarding potential practice gaps in the gastrointestinal suite. Identification of practice gaps will help the GI nurse and technician decide how to best change practice in order to meet professional society guidelines and regulatory mandates before undergoing an audit. Following best practices will maximize patient and staff safety.
It is expected that the participant will be able to assess the GI Suite to determine practice gaps and utilize strategies to improve practice for reprocessing flexible endoscopes.

Target Audience

This faculty-directed, learner-paced activity is intended primarily for RNs with an interest in ensuring patient safety in GI Endoscopy and preparing for regulatory agency audits. It will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel and MDs involved in the audit process.

Learner Objectives

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

  1. Apply evidence-based practice to identify potential gaps in GI practice.
  2. Review citations given most frequently during a GI Suite audit.
  3. Plan strategies for improving practice in the GI Suite in order to prevent citations by auditing agencies.

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “Risk Analysis: Identifying Gaps in GI Practice”. 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 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.

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.


Conflict of interest: Planners disclose 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.

Claire Maguire, EdM, RN-BC, CNOR
Educational Dimensions               

Lead Nurse Planner

Cheri Ackert-Burr, MSN, RN, CNS,

Subject Matter Expert

Ann Hewitt, MBA, BSN, RN                                         

Subject Matter Expert

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

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)