Definition of "Endoscopy"

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Endoscopy refers to the use of an endoscope to examine the interior of a hollow organ (or cavity). Endoscopes are inserted directly into the organ. There are various types of endoscopes depending on the site and type of procedure. The Pt may be fully conscious or under general anesthetic.

  • GI tract, including:
    • Panendoscopy is used to look at the voice box, gullet, mouth, nose and tongue
    • Esophagus, stomach (gastroscopy) and duodenum (esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
    • Small intestine (enteroscopy)
    • Large intestine/colon (colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy)
    • Magnification endoscopy
    • Bile duct, including ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is the use of endoscopy with fluoroscopy, to Dx problems of the biliary or pancreatic ducts, including gallstones, scars (e.g. IBD), leaks (e.g. trauma, surgery), and cancer. Through the endoscope, the Dr sees the inside of the stomach and duodenum, and injects radiographic contrast into the ducts in the biliary tree and pancreas, so they can be seen on x-rays
    • Rectum (rectoscopy) and anus (anoscopy), both also referred to as proctoscopy
  • Respiratory tract, including:
    • Nose (rhinoscopy)
    • Lower respiratory tract (bronchoscopy)
  • Ear (otoscope)
  • Urinary tract (cystoscopy)
  • Female reproductive system (gynoscopy)
    • Cervix (colposcopy)
    • Uterus (hysteroscopy)
    • Fallopian tubes (falloposcopy)
  • Normally closed body cavities (through a small incision)
    • Abdominal or pelvic cavity (laparoscopy)
    • Interior of a joint (arthroscopy)
    • Organs of the chest (thoracoscopy and mediastinoscopy)

Paperwork for Inpatient endoscopy booking form includes:

  • Affix Pt label
  • To be completed by a medical officer in BLOCK LETTERS PLEASE. And fax to number
  • Procedure information box, including Consultant/advanced trainee must be notified of booking. Tick to confirm, tick for Yes. Doctor performing procedure. Procedure day/date. Procedure(s), including ticks for Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy, PEG tube, ECRP, Esophageal dilatation, Flexible sigmoidoscopy, Insertion, Removal, Change, Bronchoscopy, Other ___
  • Details below MUST be completed, including ticks for Yes, for Consent (no abbreviations), Cannula Insitu, Bowel prep ordered (if colonoscopy)
  • Infection control precautions required? (tick for N/A, Yes). Listing, including for airborne infection, active TB, chicken pox (varicella), diptheria, hemophilus, influenza e.g. glottitis, meningitis, pneumonia
  • meningococcal infection, mumps, pertussis, rubella, viral hemorrhagic fevers; for multi-resistant organisms, MRSA, VRE, gram negative organisms e.g. B Cepacia; Blood borne pathogen; Clostridium difficile; Other e.g. suppurative wound, shingles, scabies, head lice
  • Priority, including tick for <=15 min - Immediately life threatening, <=1 hr - Life threatening conditions, <=4 hrs Organ or limb threatening, <=8 hrs Non-critical but emergent, <=24 hrs Non-critical, non-emergent, <=72 hrs Cannot discharge before procedure
  • Indication/History
  • Authenticatino, including Booked by Dr (print name), Signature, Pager No, and Date
See also
  • Colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy
  • Rhinoscopy

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