Webinar Series: Path to Sterile Endoscopy

Part 2- The Current State of Sterilization and how to Achieve Sterile Endoscopy Today

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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, provides an overview of: 

  • The future impact of defining flexible endoscopes as critical devices within the Spaulding classification scheme
  • Margins of safety with sterilization compared to high level disinfection
  • Potential challenges in implementing sterilization technologies as the standard in instrument reprocessing
  • The role of single-use microbial barriers in sterile endoscopy

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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.