Design and Management of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Units

Bret T. Petersen, Beverly Ott

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4 Scopus citations


The specialty of gastrointestinal endoscopy has evolved to the point where it requires specific attention to many aspects of facility design and unit management. Important design elements that require consideration include regulatory mandates, space planning, and infrastructure for health-care facilities, with specific attention to water supplies, forced air, vacuum capability, and waste disposal. Experience has generated numerous specific recommendations for design of the individual portions of the endoscopy suite to enhance both quality and efficiency. Administrative oversight is required for issues specific to physician, nursing, and business concerns. Besides those tasks common to most of health care (such as licensure, competency, and personnel issues) administrative arenas include scheduling of procedures and staff; purchasing of endoscopes, therapeutic devices, and endoscopic databases; reprocessing of endoscopes and related infection control issues; accreditation; efficiency and quality improvement efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvanced Digestive Endoscopy
Subtitle of host publicationPractice and Safety
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9781405158589
StatePublished - Feb 10 2009


  • ASC guidelines detailing spaces to be shared with type of service
  • Design and space considerations and space planning
  • Design of facilities for endoscopic services
  • Endoscope cleaning and reprocessing - Achilles heel of endoscopy suite
  • Facility licensure and medicare certification and certificate of need (CON)
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy - facility design and unit management
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy - physicians and nurses specialty endeavor
  • Primary screening modality and diagnostic service for intensive hospital settings
  • Space estimates on planned procedure-room utilization rates
  • Specialized hospital-based units to office endoscopy and accredited ambulatory surgical center

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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