The endoscopy suite is the central hub of activity where most gastroenterologists spend a majority of their time in clinical practice. With the evolution of more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, an ergonomically designed and dedicated gastrointestinal endoscopic unit is not only desirable but a necessity. Such a unit will ensure optimal workflow efficiency and throughput, as well as both patient and physician safety. It is important to plan meticulously upfront by seeking input from all stakeholders including engineers, physicians, nurses, technicians and architects. This will ensure a highly desirable work environment including procedural areas and the scope cleaning/sterilization section while optimizing patient and instrument flow. The procedure room should be ergonomically designed to allow for adjustability and optimize utilization of space for endoscopists, technicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and trainees as well as the equipment required to perform the endoscopic procedures. This article provides practical tips on how to plan and develop an endoscopy suite, taking into consideration ergonomic and regulatory aspects, and is based on real life experience with designing a modern gastroenterology procedural suite.
- Work-related injury
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging