Richard Wolf Medical Instruments delivers world-class education and training in the care and handling of our products. This is our continuing commitment to health care professionals and improving patient outcomes to make health care better.
Here you will find educational and clinical videos, documents, and images highlighting our advanced endoscopic products and state-of-the-art technologies. In addition, we offer courses that will help you and your department care for your Richard Wolf instruments and ensure your patients’ safety.
Richard Wolf’s Customer Education Program is a valuable resource for perioperative and sterile processing technicians. Our modules are designed to educate your staff on the most relevant topics affecting your department. Developed according to AAMI standards and guidelines, and accredited through IAHCSMM, CBSPD, and AORN, our customer education in-service awards the participants with 2.0 CE credits upon completion.
Endoscopes can be diagnostic or operative. A diagnostic endoscope is limited to viewing only a hollow space or organ, while an operative endoscope is equipped with channels to irrigate, suction, and insert instruments or other accessories to perform a surgical procedure.
An endoscope may be inserted into the human body through a natural orifice (the anus, cervix, mouth, or urethra) or by making a small surgical incision. There are three basic types of endoscopes: rigid, semi-rigid, and flexible; the type is determined by the materials used to manufacture the endoscope. Rigid and semi-rigid endoscopes have stainless steel bodies with glass rod lenses or fiber optic lenses that allow the surgeon to visualize the interior of the body or the organ.
Visualization through rigid endoscopes is achieved by the degree of the angle of the lens rather than by the flexibility of the scope. In contrast, flexible endoscopes feature a flexible, plastic insertion tube and a distal tip that bends in a variety of degrees. Flexible endoscopes allow the physician to access and view more areas of the body than rigid endoscopes.
Rigid endoscopes are available in a range of view angles: 0° for forward viewing, 30° and 45° for forward oblique views, 70° for lateral views, and 120° for retrograde views. Flexible endoscopes have one lens type, but can be used to view forward, forward oblique, lateral, and retrograde by flexing the bending distal tip.
This continuing education activity will describe the structural differences between rigid and flexible endoscopes, as well as the surgical applications for both types. Additionally, the steps for cleaning and the Spaulding Classification System will be discussed as a basis for determining the appropriate sterilization method for rigid and flexible endoscopes.
Hands-On In-Service Programs
Richard Wolf offers a hands-on in-service session with a Richard Wolf expert. One of our knowledgeable clinical specialists, our clinical educator, or a sales representative will perform in-depth training on the proper handling of your instruments, including a competency skills test for successful completion.
For a hands-on departmental training session on our rigid endoscopes, Richard Wolf provides the Care and Handling of Rigid Endoscopes training and competency packet that includes the following:
DVD: Care and Handling of Rigid Endoscopes, 15 min.
Leave Behinds: Three wall posters that outline key components of the care and handling process―laminated, full color, 12" x 18" wall posters on Patient Care, Decontamination, and Assembly and Sterilization.
Two print collateral documents: 8½" x 11", informative and instructional guides on the care and handling of Richard Wolf endoscopes.
Essential Information for Rigid Endoscope Reprocessing outlines the approved chemicals and techniques for reprocessing a Richard Wolf rigid endoscope.
Orientation and Annual Review Guide focuses on documenting staff competency.
Additionally, we have a departmental training session on our flexible endoscopes that includes the Care and Handling of Flexible Endoscopes training and competency packet containing:
DVD: Care and Handling of Flexible Endoscopes, 18 min.
Leave Behinds: Four wall posters that detail key reprocessing steps―laminated, full color, 12" x 18" wall posters on Patient Care, Decontamination, Assembly, and Sterilization.
Two print collateral documents: 8½" x 11", educational guides on the care and handling of Richard Wolf endoscopes.
Essential Information for Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing covers the approved chemicals and machines to reprocess Richard Wolf flexible endoscopes.
Orientation and Annual Review Guide assists you with documenting staff competency.
Your Opportunity to Learn is Here
Each year, Richard Wolf offers courses providing direct training and education to hundreds of individual surgeons and health care professionals at our state-of-the-art training center, Academy Prima Vista. The increasing complexity of surgical techniques, instruments, and devices make continuing instruction of staff, customers, and sales partners essential.
Our clinical specialists have developed a comprehensive training program that is continuously adapted to address the newest developments in endoscopy. Training sessions with our marketing professionals are available year-round at Academy Prima Vista in Vernon Hills, Illinois, and across the US, providing the foundational information and critical details about our products, as well as their operation and application. These training sessions are continually updated and augmented in their educational focus, as well as supplemented with specialized webinars. We also offer special care and handling programs, where users and endoscopy staff are systematically taught practical information about instrument handling, maintenance, and care.
In addition, Richard Wolf brings together experts from all around the world to deliver best-in-class training to health care professionals. Our Academy Prima Vista training programs include conferences, lectures, cadaveric workshops, and hands-on instruction from leading clinical experts.