ASGE Masterclass Infection Control

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Endoscopy-related infection control practices has been an important part of patient safety protocols but has become increasingly heightened as a result of the recent COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result of COVID-19, many have reassessed current and future infection control practices.  This include patient triage strategies based on infection risk during the ever-changing pandemic conditions, but also the management of microorganisms through reprocessing by mechanical and detergent cleaning followed by high-level disinfection, rinsing, and drying. Importantly, the reprocessing of endoscopes and minimizing endoscopy related infections requires a team based, multi-disciplinary approach and includes several interrelated and critical elements; this includes staff training and ongoing competence, efficient endoscopy unit layout, maintenance of endoscopes, reprocessing of endoscope accessories and a robust, diverse endoscopy unit leadership team. Despite the low incidence of infection through endoscopy, there remains significant practice variation with regard to notable lapses reported in hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, injection safety, medical handling and equipment reprocessing. Recent infectious outbreaks attributed to endoscopes have heightened awareness around infection control practices within endoscopy units.  The reported and observed variation in endoscopy infection control highlights the needs for this program and sustained efforts to ensure that infection control guidelines are maintained and enforced. This program will review the most updated recommendations and best practices on establishing and maintaining general infection control practices within an endoscopy unit and how to best to operationalize a high-quality, safe environment for patients and personnel.  Don’t miss this critically important virtual program. 

Course Director & Faculty
Course Director: 

photo of Dr. Lukejohn Day

Lukejohn Day, MD, FASGE
UCSF, San Francisco, CA


Pushpak Taunk, MD,
University of South Florida, GI Division, Tampa, FL

Nancy S. Schlossberg, BA, BSN, RN, CGRN,
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek, CA

V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, MAS, FASGE,
UCLA Medical Center Program, Los Angeles, CA

Cori Ofstead,
Ofstead & Associates, Inc., Saint Paul, MN

Dean Ehrlich, MD,
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

What You Will Learn
  1. List 2-3 contributing infection risk factors in the endoscopy unit.
  2. Create 2-3 strategies your endoscopy unit can implement to reduce infection risk. 
  3. Compare and contrast new endoscope reprocessing technologies and techniques and the data that supports or refutes them.
  4. Identify best practices in terms of staff training, reprocessing steps and endoscopy unit leadership as it relates to maintain and sustain infection control in your endoscopy unit.
  5. Discuss how endoscope reprocessing leverages a team-based approach. 
  6. List one future endoscope reprocessing and infection control process that would enhance your GI endoscopy unit operation.
Who Should Attend

ASGE Masterclass Infection Control is designed for all gastroenterologists and their practice teams who seek trends and resources in how best to incorporate best practices in managing infection control within their endoscopy unit.  Those involved in GI practice settings, related hospital-based,  ASC GI practice relationships and academia  gastroenterologists, nurse practitioners, GI nurses, and practice administrators will benefit from participating in this program.

How You Can Register



Infection Control Masterclass only

June 18, 2021

Register for BOTH

Infection Control and Artificial Intelligence
June 18-19, 2021


Physician ASGE Member:



Physician Non-Member:



Nurse, Practice Manager & Other GI ASGE Members:




Non-Physician, Non-Member:








ASGE Registration Policies 

Individuals must be ASGE members at the time of registration to receive member rates for the meeting. Refunds will not be provided for the difference in registration fees if the attendee becomes a member after registering.  Phone cancellations are strictly prohibited. Requests will not be honored after June 1, 2021. Substitutions are not permitted. All refunds are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. Requests must be e-mailed to INSERT or mailed to ASGE at the following address:

American Society for Gastroenterology Endoscopy (ASGE)
3300 Woodcreek Drive
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA  60515


Industry, practices or other representatives interested in promoting their product or service at Masterclass Infection Control or have questions on submitting other requests, can contact Vanita Jordan-Moore, Senior Manager, Sales and Business Development (Tel: 630.570.5625; email: 


Friday, June 18,  2021                                            
*Agenda listed in Central Standard Time Zone (CST)

7:30 – 8:30 am
Optional Industry Symposia

8:30 – 9:00 am
Visit virtual rooms and Exhibitors

9:00 – 9:20 am
Welcome and Overview from Course Director  

9:20 – 10:00 am
Landscape of Infectious Risk to Patients Undergoing Endoscopy: Too Much Hype or Just the Beginning?
Raman Muthusamy

10:00 – 10:10 am
Question, Answers & Discussion 

10:10 – 10:50 am
Team Based Approach to Infection Control: Staff Training and Building a Leadership Team
Nancy Schlossberg

10:50 – 11:00 am
Question, Answers & Discussion 

11:00 – 11:40 am
Enhanced Endoscope Reprocessing: What Do We Know and What Should We Do?
Raman Muthusamy

11:40 – 11:50 am
Question, Answers & Discussion

11:50 – 12:30 pm
Screen Break and Visit Virtual Rooms and Exhibits

12:30 – 1:10 pm
Ins and Outs of the Endoscope: Drying and Visualization
Lukejohn Day

1:10 – 1:20 pm
Question, Answers & Discussion

1:20 – 2:00 pm
Biofilm: Combatting Enemy Number One in Infection Control
Cori Ofstead

2:00 – 2:10 pm
Question, Answers & Discussion

2:10 – 2:50 pm
Disposable and Detachable Endoscopes: They Are Here but What Should an Endoscopist Do?
Lukejohn Day

2:50 – 3:00 pm
Question, Answers & Discussion

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Screen Break and Visit Virtual Rooms and Exhibits

3:30 – 4:10 pm
Putting It All Together: Making Sense of the Multiple Reprocessing Guidelines
Pushpak Taunk

4:10 – 4:20 pm
Question, Answers & Discussion

4:20 – 5:00 pm
World Café: What Do the Experts See on the Horizon

5:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Adjourn

CME and Accreditation Information

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASGE designates this internet live course for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ASGE Assurance to High-Level Scientific Evidence and Adherence to Neutrality: 

ASGE is committed to you, our learners. We are committed to assuring the highest level of scientific rigor, research-based evidence and practicality to clinical use is conveyed throughout this educational activity. The members who designed this educational activity were carefully selected for their content expertise, teaching excellence and neutrality on the topic(s) being presented. ASGE requires all subject matter experts, committee members and staff planners who are in a position to control any aspect of content to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests. Financial relationships in any amount are considered a potential conflict of interest and are peer-reviewed and resolved according to ASGE’s Educational Conflict of Interest policy and procedure prior to the start of this program.  All planner, faculty and staff disclosures are available on the GO 2020 website and as part of the handout materials to registrants prior to the start of the program.

HIPAA Accountability: 

ASGE makes every effort to not include individually identifiable health information in this educational activity. To protect patient privacy, faculty are requested to de-identify patient-related material in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Educational Attributes: 

This ASGE educational program addresses the following desirable physician attribute(s) that align with ACGME and ABMS Competencies, Institute of Medicine Competencies or Interprofessional Education Collaborative Competencies: a) medical knowledge; b) practice-based learning and improvement; c) provide patient-centered care; and d) employ evidence-based practice.  

ASGE Outcome-Based Education Level:

ASGE Masterclass Infection Control 2021 is designed to meet ASGE’s Level 3a on an anticipated outcome-based education (OBE) scale.  ASGE’s OBE means starting with a clear picture of what is important for participants to gain from the educational activity to be able to do following participation, then organizing the program, instruction and objectives to make sure the anticipated educational delivery ultimately happened.

Dates: June 18, 2021
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Central Daylight Time)