Released on May 28, 2021

COVID Testing for Vaccinated Patients

As millions of adults reach full vaccination, ASGE recommends practices follow their local and state regulations to determine if pre-procedure COVID-19 testing is required for vaccinated patients. Regulations around the country do vary.   ASGE continues to assess the environment and regulatory guidance to determine when guidance documents updates are required.  In March, ASGE updated its  Guidance for Endoscopy and Practice Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.     

ASGE continues  to recommend that all endoscopy units:

  • Staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Use necessary PPE (mask, eye protection, gloves) during endoscopic procedures.  PPE usage significantly reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission in endoscopy units.
  • Perform symptom-based screening of patients before they enter the endoscopy unit
Encourage all patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.

 

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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 www.asge.org
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