Digestive Disease Center

Departmental Scope of Services

The Digestive Disease Center has 12 patient care cubicles and four procedure rooms. We treat and diagnose multiple gastrointestinal symptoms and diseases, perform minor procedures requiring only local anesthesia and are staffed by specially trained physicians, technicians and nursing personnel.

Types of Patients Served

The DDC staff and physicians care for:

  • Both inpatients and outpatients
  • Patients who may be experiencing gastrointestinal difficulties
  • Patients requiring a minor procedure to remove a lump, biopsy a lesion, or repair a defect

The age range for our patients is from adolescents to geriatrics. This includes, but is not limited to, treating patients with chronic disorders as well as performing preventative screenings.

Overview of Department Services

A multidisciplinary team including:

  • registered nurses 
  • Certified G.I. technical specialists 
  • gastroenterologists
  • colorectal surgeons 
  • anesthesiologists 
  • plastic surgeons
  • general surgeons 
  • unit secretary

Procedure:

  1. R.N. does a complete assessment of the patient and establishes IV access if indicated for the procedure.
  2. Procedure is performed by the physician with the assistance of the R.N. and/or tech with either local anesthesia, nurse-administered conscious sedation or anesthesia support.
  3. Patient is then recovered with all discharge information given to them prior to their release.
  4. Post-procedure phone calls are made 24 hours after the date of the procedure to give patient opportunity to ask questions or verbalize concerns.

Staffing Model

Staffing is planned according to unit needs. Assignments are made based on the number and type of procedures scheduled, expertise of the individual staff members, expressed needs of the physician and patient acuity. The charge nurses and nurse manager facilitate the reassignment of personnel on an on-going basis throughout the day.

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