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OR Today Webinar Series Breaks All-time Record for Largest Webinar

By Erin Register

Once again, OR Today experienced another record-breaking week of attendance, setting the new highs even higher! This past webinar, sponsored by Ruhof, surpassed the previous record-breaking webinar, sponsored by Healthmark.

The September 26 webinar “Care, Handling, Inspection and Prevention for GI Endoscopy Professionals” was presented by Lawrence F. Muscarella, PhD, Independent Consultant, and Ron Banach, Director of Clinical Training, Ruhof Corporation, and sponsored by Ruhof. The session drew 505 attendees, with 907 total registrants, for the live presentation on Thursday, setting highest records with the most registrations and attendees since the series began in 2014! Attendees gave the webinar a rating of 4.1 on a 5-point scale.

The 60-minute webinar, presented by Muscarella and Banach, discussed a Care, Handling, Inspection and Prevention Program (CHIP) for GI Endoscopy Professionals. The webinar increased awareness about the risk of GI endoscopes transmitting multidrug-resistant bacteria. They also discussed some “best practices” for the care of handling of GI endoscopes, as well as provided solutions to some endoscope reprocessing problems. They went on to stress the importance of GI endoscopy department’s adherence to standards, guidelines and device IFUs. Lastly, they provided some recommendations to improve safety in the GI endoscopy unit.

Attendees provided positive feedback via a post-webinar survey.

“A lot of information in a short amount of time! Excellent for those of us with busy schedules,” RN Manager J. Walters said.

“Presenters extremely knowledgeable…loved the examples sprinkled in during webinar; makes it easier to apply to practice,” Infection Preventionist E. Sasser shared.

“This webinar was excellent! It provided detailed information on the care, cleaning and processing of endoscopes! Very informative! Thank you for sharing,” Director of Surgical Services S. Hock stated.

“This webinar could not have come at a better time. I am in the process of tracing all of my facilities endoscopes and upon reviewing our procedures and the manufacturer’s IFU, I had many questions that were answered in this very informative webinar.” Infection Preventionist L. Farabaugh said.

“Extremely important webinar; good review and wake-up call for all staff; we must be the guardians and this helped refresh on content,” Director of Perioperative Services L. Smith-Zuba stated.

“OR Today’s Webinar Series are always very informative and professionally prepared. The speakers are knowledgeable about the topics and have relevant slides to highlight their material. I recommend OR Today’s Webinars to my colleagues at AORN meetings,” stated G. Harman, Director of Perioperative Nursing Services.

The next scheduled OR Today webinar is “How the Details in Quality Impact Your Bottom Line” on October 17. It will be presented by Charlene Frizzera, member of the Board of Advisors at RepScrubs.

For more information about the OR Today webinar series, including recordings of previous webinars and registration for upcoming sessions, click on the “Webinars” tab above.

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