STERILE PROCESSING UNIVERSITY
WHAT THE GI ENDOSCOPE REPROCESSING
PROFESSION IS ALL ABOUT
the gastrointestinal/endoscopy department (GI/Endo) performs essential
functions to support the medical and surgical care of patients. These
functions are essential to the care and safety of these patients.
Flexible endoscopes are some of the most sophisticated and,
unfortunately, challenging devices to clean. In addition to their
unusual design, there are multiple reprocessing steps involved, all of
which are critical to effective high-level disinfection or
sterilization of the scopes and their accessories.
There are many facets of
endoscope processing that need to be understood and practiced each day.
However, there are not many resources available to provide this
education. In addition, many resources are nursing based. This course has been written to help flexible endoscope reprocessing
technicians to understand the knowledge and skills needed for competent
performance in flexible scope reprocessing. Although there are some
hands-on courses available, most of the training is performed
on-the-job. This training might not include all the core competencies
needed. This book can be used for self-study or to update your
practices. It is strongly recommended to obtain hands-on training at a
local facility by volunteering your time.
Best practices for flexible endoscope reprocessing starts with
- Rules and regulations impacting on endoscope reprocessing are all addressed.
- Basic Microbiology and Infection Prevention principles.
- Basic medical terminology
- Medical procedures associated with the various endoscopes
- A basic understanding of anatomy and physiology of the GI and pulmonary systems where these scopes are used.
- The knowledge of the anatomy of flexible endoscopes to understand the design and function of the scopes.
- Workplace design and employee safety
- The chemicals (i.e. detergents) and implements needed for effective cleaning.
- The high level disinfectants
that are commonly used to disinfect endoscopes; how to use the
chemicals safely for the patient and the employee.
- Processing basics for flexible endoscopes
- Storage of endoscopes
- Quality assurance testing of endoscopes
This course addresses all of the competencies required and provides
additional information to increase awareness of the scope of practice
of flexible endoscope reprocessing technicians.
This textbook was developed as a simple, up-to-date informative book to
help educate flexible endoscope reprocessing technicians and nurses who
are working in a healthcare facility, want to learn about this
profession, or who are already employed reprocessing flexible
This course is the result of many hours of work by dedicated
professionals. The author, contributing authors, review editors, and
content editors are committed to providing up-to-date information for
those individuals who desire to work or who are currently working in
the GI/Endo processing profession, whether in a hospital, surgery
center, or medical office.
All the relevant standards and recommended practices are included to ensure the most current recommendations for your practice.
Sterile Processing University is committed to providing current
information by continually updating its publications to enhance the
knowledge and skills of sterile processing professionals in the United
States and around the world.
Nancy Chobin, RN, CSPM, CFER
Sterile Processing University, LLC
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