To date, more than 450 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE. “We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Jonathan Cohen, MD, FASGE, chair, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. “By ensuring infection control principles are adhered to, continually assessing the competency of staff, and monitoring patient satisfaction, ASGE-recognized units contribute to the public’s confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving technology.” About the Program To be recognized by ASGE, a unit, through a peer-reviewed application process, must attest to the continued competence of all staff relative to their roles, demonstrate the adoption of unit policies specific to ongoing assessment of performance relative to key quality indicators, and attest that the unit has an established infrastructure and personnel dedicated to infection control and prevention. The program is applicable to all settings in the United States and Puerto Rico where endoscopy is practiced, including office-based endoscopy units, hospital-based endoscopy units, and stand-alone ambulatory endoscopy or surgery centers. An important component of the program is an educational course entitled, “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit,” that thoroughly reviews related guidelines. Upon completion of the program, successful applicants are awarded ASGE’s Certificate of Recognition of Quality in Endoscopy. The certificate is granted for a three-year renewable period. For a full list of program benefits, log on to http://www.asge.org . New ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program Honorees Avista Endoscopy Suites, Louisville, CO Endoscopy Center at Central Park, Bedford, TX Endoscopy Center at Redbird Square, Dallas, TX Humble Kingwood Endoscopy Center, Humble, TX North Richland Hills Endoscopy Center, North Richland Hills, TX Old Town Endoscopy Center, Dallas, TX Preston Crossing Endoscopy Center, Plano, TX Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Hospital HEB Endoscopy & Special Procedures, Bedford, TX Endoscopy units granted three-year renewal Barnes Jewish Hospital GI Endoscopy Center, Saint Louis, MO Center for Digestive Care, LLC, Ypsilanti, MI Davis Memorial Hospital Endoscopy Center, Elkins, WV Digestive Disease Center at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY Digestive Health Center of Indiana, PC, Indiana, PA Endoscopy Center at Robinwood, LLC, Hagerstown, MD Endoscopy Center of Pensacola, Pensacola, FL Gastrointestinal Associates Endoscopy Center, LLC, Wausau, WI GI Associates & Endoscopy Center, Jackson, MS GI Associates & Endoscopy Center, Madison, MS GI Associates & Endoscopy Center, Vicksburg, MS Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy – Belfort Road, Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Center for Endoscopy – Barrs Street, Jacksonville, FL Lebanon Endoscopy Center, Lebanon, TN Long Island Center for Digestive Health, Garden City, NY Midlands Endoscopy Center, LLC, Irmo, SC Northern GI Endoscopy, Glens Falls, NY ProHEALTH Care Associates, Lake Success, NY Rhawn Street Endoscopy, Philadelphia, PA Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, East Brunswick, NJ Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Endoscopy Unit, Santa Barbara, CA The Cape & Islands Endoscopy Center, LLC, Hyannis, MA The Surgery Center at Benbrook, Butler, PA Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates, PA, Wilmington, NC ASGE and Quality ASGE is the profession’s leader in setting standards of excellence in endoscopy through its safety guidelines and the training of its members so that patients receive the best and safest care possible. The Society constantly reinforces the importance of quality among its members through member communications, such as emails and newsletters, and its courses, including “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.” The program course is being repeated in 2014 on February 21 in Washington, DC, on May 2 in Nashville and on September 18 in Las Vegas.
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Endoscopy Overused in Heartburn Patients
Looking for Barretts Doctors use endoscopy in GERD patients mainly to check for a condition called Barrett’s esophagus , which affects about 10% of people whove had chronic heartburn for at least five years, says Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH, an author of the new advice paper. Barretts occurs when stomach acids damage the lining of the esophagus. GERD and Barrett’s esophagus have been linked to an increased risk of a type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. Although the overall risk for the cancer is still low, esophageal adenocarcinoma, which used to represent only a small minority of cancers in the esophagus, has increased 500% since the 1970s. It now accounts for more than half the cases in the U.S., says Shaheen, a gastroenterologist who directs the Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While smoking and drinking are stronger risk factors for another cancer type of the esophagus, the rise of esophageal adenocarcinoma is thought to be tied to the U.S. obesity epidemic, Shaheen says. That’s in part because overweight and obese people are more likely to have GERD, he says. Given the rising prevalence of chronic GERD symptoms, it is perhaps not surprising that the use of upper endoscopy for GERD indications is also rising, the authors of the advice paper write. In fact, over thepast decade, there’s been an increase of greater than 40% in the use of upper endoscopy among Medicare patients. Scoping for Dollars Fear of a malpractice lawsuit over a missed cancer, financial incentives, and expectations on the part of GERD patients and their primary care providers, who refer them to gastroenterologists for evaluation, are among the factors behind the overuse of upper endoscopy, the authors write.
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What Is Endoscopy? What Is An Endoscope?
Cystoscopes – they examine the urinary bladder. Types of endoscopies Here is a list of some types of endoscopies and their meanings: Amnioscopy – examination of the amniotic cavity and fetus. Arthroscopy – examination of the joints. Bronchoscopy – examination of the air passages and the lungs. Colonoscopy – examination of the colon. Colposcopy – examination of the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva. Cystoscopy – examination of the urinary bladder. EGD (Esophageal Gastroduodenoscopy), also known as panendoscopy – examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography) – examination of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Fetoscopy – examination of the fetus.
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