OOOPS! Is That Scope Really Dry? And Why Does It Matter?

Is That Scope Really Dry and Why Does It Matter?


The purpose of this activity is to present information regarding the critical importance of thorough drying of flexible endoscopes after high level disinfection.  The program will identify steps that can be missed even with meticulous adherence to instructions for use from the manufacturer. It is expected that the participant will be able to identify and correct endoscope drying errors in their own GI Suite.

Target Audience

This learner-paced activity is intended primarily for RNs with an interest in endoscope reprocessing and ensuring patient safety in GI Endoscopy. It will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel and MDs involved in endoscopy.

Learner Objectives

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

  1. Review evidence-based practice related to the importance of complete drying of flexible endoscopes before use or storage of the endoscopes.
  2. Discuss human error observed during endoscope reprocessing research related to drying of the flexible endoscopes after high level disinfection.
  3. Compare professional society guideline recommendations for storage of reprocessed flexible endoscopes.

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “OOOPS! Is That Scope Really Dry and Why Does It Matter?” 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. ABCGN tracking number: GI2017-054.

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.

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)