Recently, the Food and Drug Administration released a Safety Alert to notify healthcare providers and facilities of recent adverse events associated with reprocessing failures and device design challenges of reusable flexible endoscopes and other medical devices. This Safety Alert provides multiple strategies to improve patient safety, reduce cross-contamination, and move towards elimination of the riskiest components of the use of the bronchoscope. During this webinar program, our expert faculty will review evidence-based strategies to improve infection control practices and eliminate reprocessing errors commonly observed in clinical practice. In addition, the webinar will review common reprocessing errors that take place in the perioperative and central sterile processing departments that can lead to patient safety breaches.
• Discuss the clinical implications of the recent FDA Safety Alert regarding reusable flexible endoscopes
• Review the current evidence-based clinical recommendations for infection control related to the use of medical devices to prevent cross-contamination and infection risk
• Discuss how to operationalize the FDA, CDC, and AORN recommendations to mitigate risks to the patient
California Board of Registered Nursing
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses is provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019 for 1 contact hour.
J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, MBA, FNP, IP-BC, PLNC, CFER, AS-BC, VA-BC, MSL-BC, CPPS, CPHQ, FACDONA, FAAPM, FNAP, FIDSA, FSHEA
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Louisville School of Medicine