Mercy endoscopy unit recognized for quality, safety

Mercy Medical Center

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized the endoscopy unit at Mercy Cedar Rapids as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, according to a news release from Mercy.

The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria in areas such as quality assurance, CDC infection control guidelines and endoscopy staff competency.

“Mercy’s gastroenterology team is honored to be recognized by ASGE for our efforts to enhance quality and safety in our endoscopy unit,” said Dr. Bhavya Akhauri, medical director, Mercy Gastroenterology Clinic.

Endoscopy is performed by gastroenterologists to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, physicians are able to access and visualize the human digestive tract. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow high-definition viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal tract.

ASGE, founded in 1941, is dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy.