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Saturday Pre-Conference Endoscope Workshop

"Flexible Endoscopes: A Clearer View" will be offered on Saturday, April 28, 2018 as a Pre-Conference Workshop, worth 5 CEs. As a Pre-Conference event, this workshop has a separate fee. You may attend the workshop along with the annual conference, or as a stand-alone event.

Please note: this workshop is tailored to technicians, supervisors and managers who work directly with the inspection, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of endoscopes on a daily basis, in a hospital or surgery center setting.


Two Sessions Available:Cleaning an Endoscpe Underwater

8:00am – 1:00pm (seating is limited)

12:00pm – 5:00pm (seating is limited)

Session Fees

This workshop is a Pre-Conference event and has a separate fee. Attendance for the full conference is not required to attend this workshop. You may attend as an add-on to your conference experience, or as a single event.

Members: $89
Non-members: $99

Flexible Endoscopes: A Clearer View

As flexible endoscope reprocessing remains a significant challenge for healthcare professionals, we invite you to join us for a Pre-Conference event on Saturday, April 28th, to delve into the issues of endoscope reprocessing, as failure to provide safe and functional flexible endoscope puts patients at risk.

This program will review best practices for flexible endoscope reprocessing using lecture, discussion, demonstration and hands-on activities. Information will enhance participants’ skills and knowledge in all aspects of flexible endoscope reprocessing and provide tangible tools that participants can take back and share with their departments or local chapters.

Each session will begin with a lecture, and then participants will split into groups for hands-on interaction and learning.

General Session Lecture: Endoscopes 2018

Presenter: Cori Ofstead, MSPH; President and CEO Ofstead & Associates

Description:This lecture program will focus on current information and recent studies relating to endoscope reprocessing and will introduce concepts that will be practiced in the labs.

Lab Sessions

Presenters: Lab sessions will be presented by leading industry experts. Each session will begin with a brief overview and demonstration of the topic area and move to hands on learning activities.

Leak Testing:

Description:This program will provide information and experiences related to manual leak testing, both wet & dry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate wet and dry methods of leak testing
  • Demonstrate how to determine the leak tester is performing correctly
  • Discuss generic principles of leak testing

Brushing the Right Way:

Description:This program will provide attendees with information on proper brush selection and brushing technique. Attendees will be provided hands on experience in proper brushing technique.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate how to select the correct brush
  • Outline steps/techniques for proper brushing
  • Describe when to clean or dispose of brushes

Endoscope Inspection Processes:

Inspection is a critical part of endoscope reprocessing. Attendees will review inspection processes and be provided with experience using lighted magnifiers, borescopes and cleaning verification systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current standards and guidelines for performing inspection with magnification and cleaning verification testing
  • Inspect endoscopes using different types of magnifiers and borescopes
  • Perform cleaning verification and data collection using ATP monitors, different types of protein tests, hemoglobin tests and combination test strips

Tips for Successful Use of Automated Endoscope Reprocessors:

This session will examine the operator’s role in AER use. Attendees will be provided with general AER maintenance and operation information as well as tips to help ensure a successful process. AER units will be available for specific demonstrations and practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify current standards and guidelines state regarding AER, automated cleaning cycles, testing, and other processes
  • Review quality parameters for AER operation: ensuring proper connections, testing HLDs, documentation, water quality, PMs
  • Demonstrate proper PPE for operation and removal from AER

Drying and Storage:

Thorough drying is a crucial component of endoscope reprocessing and storage and transport activities can result in unsafe endoscopes. This program will explore strategies to reduce the risk of providing an unsafe endoscope. Attendees will use a variety of techniques and equipment to develop good work practices for endoscope drying, storage and transport.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the current standards and guidelines for flexible endoscope drying, storage and transport requirements
  • Demonstrate drying techniques using various equipment and products
  • Demonstrate proper placement of endoscopes in drying cabinets

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