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Rev Esp Enferm Dig. 2019 Mar 28. doi: 10.17235/reed.2019.5676/2018. [Epub ahead of print]

The current situation of digestive endoscopy units in the Valencian Community.

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1
Unidad de Endoscopia Digestiva, Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, España.
2
Medicina Digestiva, Hospital Clínico Universitario Valencia, España.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES:

in view of the advances made over the past few years, digestive endoscopy units must adapt to an increased demand and the development of novel techniques. However, the actual status of these units is virtually unknown and is limited to few surveys from over a decade ago. Thus, a new survey was performed of the current situation of endoscopy units in the Valencian Community.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

a specific survey was designed to assess the status of endoscopy units within public hospitals and privately managed public hospitals in the Valencian Community. The survey included the following items: hospital data, unit architectural structure, equipment, human resources, functional structure, sedation, procedures performed, advanced therapies and ongoing care.

RESULTS:

twenty-four of the 25 public hospitals or privately funded public hospitals in the Valencian Community responded to the survey, corresponding to a 96% participation. The number of physicians in gastroenterology services or sections ranged from 2 to 21. Endoscopist-controlled propofol sedation was used in 13 hospitals (54.2%). Most centers performed 1,000 to 3,000 gastroscopies per year. Fourteen units (58.3%) performed 2,000 to 3,000 colonoscopies and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was performed in 22 hospitals (91.7%).

CONCLUSIONS:

the results of the survey revealed large differences in infrastructure and organization among public hospital endoscopy units in the Valencian Community. Organization is highly heterogeneous and independent of hospital size.

PMID:
30917663
DOI:
10.17235/reed.2019.5676/2018
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