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Improving Quality and Safety in your Endoscopy Unit

December 10, 2015

Quality in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy matters. Translating quality concepts into practice can be challenging which is why ASGE has developed the Improving Quality & Safety in You Endoscopy Unit course to educate physician and non–physician unit staff on how to create a high–quality endoscopy unit. Through a mix of didactic lectures and interactive sessions taught by leading experts in the field, participants will gain a greater understanding of endoscopy unit quality and safety. The content of the course is dynamic, addressing the fundamentals of quality and safe practice as well as emerging trends and evidence. In addition to advancing their knowledge in endoscopy unit quality and safety, participants in this course will be prepared to apply for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program or renew their current participation.


David Robbins“Performance improvement and patient safety are the key initiatives in today's health care climate. With the myriad of changes coming down the regulatory, patient safety and quality improvement pikes, I don't see how anyone charged with running an endoscopy unit can keep afloat without the assistance of a professional society and a community of likeminded physicians and nurses. The ASGE Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit course provides an intimate learning environment to hear what thoughts leaders are thinking and your colleagues are saying. This one day course is designed to be interactive and covers a broad array of quality improvement strategies, including infection control, best practices in sedation, accreditation guidance and plenty of stories about how we all learn from our mistakes. With a diverse faculty of experienced physician and nurses who are still in the trenches, participants will leave both with an enhanced tool box and more confidence in their leadership roles.”

David H. Robbins, MD, FASGE
Medical Director
Manhattan EndoscopyNew York, New York


“ASGE’s “Improving Quality and Safety in your Endoscopy Unit” is a dynamic course in which you will learn hands-on, practical tools for assessing and improving quality in your endoscopy unit. We engage the audience such that you learn not only from the expert presenters and panel discussions, but also from your fellow attendees as they share their own stories and questions. You will leave the course with the motivation and know-how for meeting the quality demands of today and tomorrow.”

Audrey Calderwood, MD, MS, FASGE
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways to define and measure quality in endoscopy
  • Describe techniques to make endoscopy more efficient while maintaining safety
  • Describe methods to improve patient satisfaction in endoscopy, including improved doctor-patient communication
  • Recognize the potential sources of infection from contact with various body fluids, their transmissibility during gastrointestinal endoscopy, and their susceptibility to potential disinfectants
  • Specify measures for improving unit quality, including training and credentialing for new procedures, quality assurance programs, sedation and monitoring, and unit accreditation and re-accreditation


Target Audience

Practicing gastrointestinal endoscopists and surgeons, medical directors, nurse managers, unit managers and allied professionals interested in advancing their knowledge in endoscopy unit quality and safety. Units interested in applying for the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program or renewing their
ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Certificate are encouraged to send both a physician and a non-physician manager to the course. Program eligibility criteria require completion of this course by at least one unit representative within one year of the program application.

Course Agenda

Trifecta quality agenda


Practical Solutions for the GI Practice