Care and Handling of Small Diameter Flexible Endoscopes
Integrated Medical Systems International, Inc. and Educational Dimensions

is pleased to present an eLearning activity


Care and Handling of Small Diameter Flexible Endoscopes

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


This module discusses care and handling techniques for small diameter flexible endoscopes in order to allow a facility to extend the equipment’s usable life span and to deliver a safe instrument for patient care. The module will cover transport, storage, leak testing, cleaning, and handling of small diameter flexible endoscopes. It will provide descriptions of the most common equipment damages, their causes, and how to prevent them. It will also help the user to establish an inspection procedure within the facility and be able to identify potential equipment problems prior to use in a procedure.

The information contained in this module may repeat or reinforce principles of care and handling which also apply to large diameter scopes. The module is intended to be a comprehensive, stand-alone unit, thus containing information that may be familiar to the learner.

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 small diameter flexible endoscopes in pulmonary departments, perioperative urology, anesthesia and ENT. It will also be of interest to allied healthcare personnel responsible for the safe care and handling of small diameter flexible endoscopes.

Learner Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify functions associated with major small diameter endoscope components
  2. Discuss manual cleaning and reprocessing steps for small diameter scopes
  3. Identify potential problems associated with various phases of endoscope handling which can result in endoscope damage
  4. Describe the role of regular inspection in endoscope handling

Teaching Methodology

Participants will complete the web-based learning activity entitled “Care and Handling of Small Diameter Flexible Endoscopes”. 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 and be able to print a certificate of completion. 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 March 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.

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)