Webinar Series: Path to Sterile Endoscopy

Part 4 - Differentiating Sheathing Technologies

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During the webinar Judie Bringhurst, infection preventionist and safety officer for the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill in North Carolina, highlighted the unique features of microbial barriers and how they contribute to patient-ready endoscopes:

  • Similarities and differences between medical instrument sheaths
  • FDA criteria for being considered a microbial barrier
  • Medical and infection control society support for sheaths as a part of endoscope reprocessing
  • Clinical data surrounding the EndoSheath protective barrier

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JBringhurst_round2.pngAbout Presenter Judie Bringhurst, MSN, RN, CIC

Judie Bringhurst is an infection preventionist and safety officer for the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is dedicated to the hospital’s outpatient care facilities and instrument reprocessing areas. She received her BSN from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and her MSN from Duke in Durham, North Carolina.  She has served a three-year appointment to the Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology’s (APIC’s) annual conference committee representing outpatient care challenges and special needs.  She has served as faculty for APIC’s “Infection Prevention for Ambulatory Surgery Centers” course and was a reviewer for the ambulatory chapter in the APIC text.  In addition to being board certified in infection control, she is certified by the State of North Carolina as a provider of North Carolina's regulatory infection prevention training for physician practices and dental offices. She publishes on topics related to instrument reprocessing with a special focus on outpatient care facilities.