Physicians at the Cedars-Sinai Digestive Diseases Center continually monitor the the quality of care given to patients.
Endoscopy and colonoscopy both use thin, flexible instruments to allow a doctor to see inside the esophagus, the stomach and the intestines -- the gastrointestinal system. The types and volumes of gastronintestinal endoscopic procedures performed at Cedars-Sinai are summarized in the chart below:
|Performance Measures for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - Procedure Volumes/Year||Cedars-Sinai 2013||Cedars-Sinai 2014||Cedars-Sinai 2015|
|Colonoscopy is an internal examination of the colon (large intestine), using an instrument called a colonoscope. The colonoscope is a small camera attached to a flexible tube. Unlike sigmoidoscopy, which examines only the lower third of the colon, colonoscopy examines the entire length of the colon.||6,662||6,772||7,340|
|Esophagogastroduodenoscopy is an examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera (flexible endoscope) which is inserted down the throat||5,959||6,041||6,500|
|Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography is an procedure used to identify stones, tumors, or narrowing in the bile ducts. The procedure is done through an endoscope||995||965||1,036|
|Endoscopic Ultrasound: This procedure uses sound waves to create an image of the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract.||1,174||1,109||1,212|
|Double Balloon Study: This is a new technique to evaluate the small bowel in people who have gastrointestinal lesions. Lesions found on Wireless Capsule can be biopsied and treated with Double Balloon Study.||432||379||359|
|Wireless Capsule Procedure: This is a procedure in which the patient swallows a capsule that is about the size of multivitamin pill that has a camera attached to it. As the capsule moves through the intestines, it takes pictures that are transmitted to a data recorder the patient wears on a belt. These pictures are used by the doctor to diagnose intestinal bleeding and other disorders.||349||370||437|
This quality has also been recognized by the American Board of Certification for Gastronenterology Nurses, which awarded the Excellence in Professionalism award to the Cedars-Sinai Hospital Endoscopy Unit.