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USF Health Endoscopy & Surgery Center Recognized for Quality & Infection Control

The USF Health Morsani Ambulatory Surgery Center’s endoscopy unit was recognized by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) as a unit that promotes quality and demonstrates a commitment to reprocessing and infection control. ASGE is the profession’s leader in setting standards of excellence in endoscopy through its safety guidelines and the training of its members so that patients receive the best and safest care possible. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program recognizes endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to specialized training and adherence to ASE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance and preprocessing, as well as to the infection control guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This Program provides a way for units to remain at the forefront of quality and safety and honors endoscopy units committed to the highest standards of safety and quality. “Not only have we been able to ramp endoscopy back up safely, but I am proud to say our unit is providing high-quality care as well,” said Pushpak Taunk, MD, director of endoscopy at the USF Health Ambulatory Surgery Center.



To be recognized by ASGE, a unit, through a peer-reviewed application process, must attest to the continued competence of all staff relative to their roles, demonstrate the adoption of unit policies specific to ongoing assessment of performance relative to key quality indicators, and attest that the unit has an established infrastructure and personnel dedicated to infection control and prevention. The strict parameters the unit had to meet included, but are not limited to, having a high adenoma detection rate, cecal intubation rate and low complication rate.

“We are proud to acknowledge these endoscopy units through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Lukejohn Day, MD, FASGE, chair, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. “By ensuring infection control principles are adhered to, continually assessing the competency of staff, and monitoring patient satisfaction, ASGE-recognized units contribute to the public’s confidence in endoscopy, a life-saving technology.”