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Educational Dimensions is pleased to offer online learning opportunities. This site facilitates professional training or value-added services for our education partners. Learning opportunities are available when the learner is ready…even on the graveyard shift!

The online independent study (eLearning) activities offered by Educational Dimensions are faculty-directed, learner-paced modules. Participants can access modules through the following links. They will read the content and, if contact hours are desired, participants will register, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submit the required evaluation. They will be awarded the correct number of contact hours and then print out their certificate of completion.

eLearning activities may be underwritten by education funding and commercial support from our education partners. Educational Dimensions, the CNE Provider for these education activities, is philosophically dedicated to the provision of quality continuing nursing education and does not endorse products or services provided by commercial support entities.

Course Descriptions

Biofilm in Endoscopy
Every patient is entitled to a perfectly clean, pathogen-free endoscope. Strict adherence to current guidelines should ensure this, but the emergence of biofilm as a factor in endoscope contamination must be acknowledged. Ongoing studies will dictate changes in policy and practice. This independent study activity is intended to explore the concept of biofilm: What is it? How does it affect an endoscope? How should it affect my practice? Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Endoscope Cleaning: Importance of Biofilm Removal
Adequate disinfection of endoscopes begins with cleaning of accumulated biofilm. Thorough penetration and removal of biofilm requires the correct combination of detergent and cleaning method to access all of an endoscope where biofilm can grow. The importance of the cleaning combination on biofilm removal has been extensively studied. The study results and the impact on endoscope cleaning will be presented. Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Endoscope Storage and Patient Safety
Guidelines from several agencies have failed to reach consensus regarding endoscope storage time frames, leaving the decision to local policies. In the absence of standardized guidelines, individual practitioners must assume the responsibility. In this one-hour eLearning activity, learners will receive information on agency recommendations, enabling them to develop policy within their facility. Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. This module is currently unavailable.

Know Your Cleaning Chemistries
This independent study activity will present information on the critical importance of making sure flexible endoscopes are as clean as possible before high level disinfection occurs. Evidence supports meticulous attention to detail for all steps in flexible endoscope processing. Knowledge about chemistries used for pretreatment and cleaning of the flexible endoscope before high level disinfection will be shared with participants to better inform their practice. Guidelines and evidence-based practice will be used to help participants make informed decisions concerning chemistry selection for pretreatment and cleaning of flexible endoscopes.

Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

OOOPS! Is That Scope Really Dry and Why Does it Matter?
Evidence based research supports complete drying of endoscopes before use on the next patient and especially for storage of the reprocessed endoscope. This learner-paced continuing education activity will provide 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 participants will be able to identify and correct endoscope drying errors in their own GI Suite.
Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Pathogens of Concern: Keeping Our Patients Safe in Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopy is an important tool for the identification and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. While endoscopy procedures are safer than surgery, there is still the inherent risk of infection. A thorough understanding of infection prevention and its application to GI endoscopy are crucial to preventing lapses in the reprocessing procedures that could lead to cross contamination and infection spread. This independent study activity will discuss potential complications resulting from the presence of various pathogens in endoscopy equipment and the impact of endoscopy infections. It will explore the role played by biofilm in endoscope contamination and examine reprocessing steps in order to encourage compliance with current standards. Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Risk Analysis: Identifying Gaps in GI Practice
The purpose of this activity is to present information on potential practice gaps in the gastrointestinal suite; steps that can be missed even with meticulous adherence to instructions for use from the manufacturer. Identifying potential gaps in practice will help the GI nurse and technician decide how to best implement change in their own practice area in order to meet professional society guidelines and regulatory mandates before undergoing an audit.  Following best practice maximizes patient and staff safety.
Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Understanding Barrett’s Esophagus
The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma has seen a five-fold increase over the last two decades, with the mortality rate increasing seven-fold. These staggering statistics, coupled with release of updated AGA Guidelines, create a need to re-examine the management of Barrett’s Esophagus. In this eLearning activity, participants will review the disease process for Barrett’s Esophagus and consider Society Guidelines, which reflect a more therapeutic approach to treating patients with low grade dysplasia (LGD) and high risk patients with non-dysplastic intestinal metaplasia (NDIM). Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Understanding Endoscopic Ultrasound and Fine Needle Aspiration
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a medical procedure in which endoscopy  is combined with ultrasound to obtain images of the colon. In some cases, EUS is combined with a fine needle aspiration (FNA) or fine needle biopsy (FNB) in order to confirm the diagnosis In this eLearning activity, learners will review the disease states that can benefit from EUS FNA/FNB procedures.  Learners will also review the various applications and patient teaching elements for the procedures.
Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Understanding Hemostasis for Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia and Radiation Proctitis
Patients who present with the GI bleeding disorders Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia and Radiation Proctitis are frequently anemic and transfusion-dependent. These patients are often seen by gastroenterologists for coagulation therapy that will eliminate the bleeding vessels. In this eLearning activity, participants will review the bleeding disorders and discuss the therapeutic approaches to obtain hemostasis for these patients. Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test and submitting the required evaluation, will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), usually involving severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue and weight loss. IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications. In this eLearning activity, participants will review the Inflammatory Bowel Disease states and also discuss patient teaching and the various diagnostic tools. Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test and submitting the required evaluation, will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

Understanding Obscure GI Bleeding
Approximately 300,000 hospitalizations per year are due to OGIB, a persistent or recurrent occult or overt bleeding of unknown origin. Physician goals are stabilization, location and identification of the bleeding cause. Frequently bleeding will stop and start, making it difficult to locate by any diagnostic means.  Therefore, it is critical to find the source early in the evaluation process. In this eLearning activity, we will review the disease processes for OGIB, discuss patient teaching considerations and explore various diagnostic tools. Participants successfully completing the independent study activity by reading the content, achieving a score of 80% or higher on the post-test, and submitting the required evaluation will be awarded 1 contact hour. Take this course now.

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