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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

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.

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 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 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 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.

Care and Handling of Small Diameter Flexible Endoscopes
Small diameter flexible endoscopes are those with outside diameters less than 6 mm and designed for use in areas other than the digestive tract. This includes scopes used in the respiratory tract such as flexible bronchoscopes, laryngoscopes and other anesthesia scopes, cystoscopes and other urology scopes, hysteroscopes and choledocoscopes. The module discusses care and handling techniques which allow a facility to extend equipment 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. 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.

Care & Handling of the Flexible Endoscope
Flexible endoscopes have been in use since the late 1960s, permitting minimally invasive visualization of the interior of many body cavities and lumens of tubular organs. The number of procedures performed endoscopically continues to increase each year. This independent study activity is intended to explore best practices in the everyday care and handling of flexible endoscopes. In this web-based independent study education activity, learners will review the care and handling of the flexible endoscope. They will learn how to prevent damage from everyday use, thus extending the life of the scope and ensuring the safety of the patient. 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.

Evaluation of Your Endoscope's Environment: Outcome Oriented Process Improvement.
The life expectancy of endoscopes varies greatly depending on care and handling practices within each facility. Proper care and handing starts with an understanding of endoscope construction, and recognizing what can damage it. In this independent study education activity, learners will review the environment of the flexible endoscope, including everyday handling practices. If the actions, environment and people that contribute to unnecessary wear can be identified, then instituting a plan to minimize scope damage will increase efficiency. Learners will learn how to prevent damage from everyday use, thus extending the life of the scope and ensuring the safety of the patient. It is further expected that participants completing this eLearning activity will feel empowered to be an advocate for equipment and environmental safety in the Endoscopy 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.

Preventing Fluid Damage to the Flexible Endoscope
Flexible endoscopes are expensive to purchase and expensive to repair. In order to maintain optimal endoscopic performance, all staff in an endoscopy lab should understand and implement best practices for cleaning and disinfecting the instruments. This independent study module is designed for flexible endoscopy clinicians and technicians who have the responsibility for care and handling of flexible endoscopes in their facility. The content will focus on fluid invasion prevention, the effects of fluid invasion on endoscopes, and symptoms of fluid invasion. 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. This module will soon be replaced with a new module which is in development.

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 impact of biofilm in the Endoscopy Unit and encourage participants to implement necessary changes in their own practice area. 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 will soon be replaced with a new module which is in development.


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