The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) represents more than 15,000 physicians and other experts in endoscopic procedures for the digestive tract.
Endoscopic procedures are non-surgical, so they are inherently less invasive than many other kinds of procedures. They are safely performed in an ambulatory care setting or a hospital setting. Regardless of the setting where procedures and surgeries are performed, the highest quality and safety standards must be met to ensure the safety of our patients.
While all medical procedures carry some risk, serious adverse events from colonoscopy and other endoscopic procedures are rare, regardless of where they are performed. It is important to remember that millions of procedures, many of them life saving, are performed safely each year in the ambulatory care setting.
At ASGE, a major focus of our work is to guide physicians, practice managers and other healthcare professionals in these standards. We have a broad and robust range of recommendations, guidelines, training courses and resources to ensure optimal patient safety, and we continually urge vigilance and adherence to best practices.
In addition, we work closely with many other agencies and organizations that develop standards and recommendations for endoscopy units based on evidence and best practices.
ASGE continually advocates not only for strict oversight of all inpatient and outpatient settings. We also urge careful and complete reporting of all patient safety outcomes to appropriate agencies and organizations.
Patients should feel comfortable asking their doctors about the setting where their procedure will be performed, alternative sites of service that are available, and what measures are in place in the event of an adverse event.
For more information about this issue, see the response and other resources from the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.