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Quality Indicators
Colonoscopy is the most commonly performed gastrointestinal procedure, with more than 16 million colonoscopies performed in the United States each year. Colonoscopies are performed as a screening for cancer, surveillance and diagnostic to evaluate symptoms.

Patients are advised to seek a well-trained endoscopist who maintains an adequate case volume to maintain procedural skills (more than 300 procedures per year) and has a record of performing a complete examination of the colon.

Quality indicators or benchmarks have been developed to establish competence in performing colonoscopies and help define areas for continuous quality improvement.

As shown below, our physicians are highly skilled and have a very low complication rate.

Gastroenterology Associates of S.W. Florida, P.A.
(239) 275-8882
Quality patient-oriented care is our number one priority.

Our facilities take a proactive, comprehensive, ongoing approach to continuously ensure the delivery of high-quality care and monitoring the safety of the services we provide.

We employ an ongoing, evidence-based systems approach to evaluate our processes on a routine basis in efforts to minimize medical error and improve patient care.

Barkley Surgicenter is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO).

This hyperlink is for the performance outcome and financial data that is published by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

If you have a safety or quality of concern issue that are not resolved at Barkley Surgicenter, Inc., you may contact The Joint Commission at 1-800-994-6610, or clicking here.

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Infection Control

Colonoscopy Quality Indicators
​National Standards We Follow Regarding Endoscopy and Infection Control

Infection-Control.jpgWe have formally adopted the following National Professional Standards and Guidelines:

1.Multi-Society Guidelines for Reprocessing Flexible Gastrointestinal Endoscopes endorsed by the:
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
Association for Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

2.Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines for:
•Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities 

3.OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
How are cleaning and disinfection/sterilization procedures monitored for quality?

Equipment and instrument cleaning are complex processes involving numerous technical details. Our staff are highly trained and proficiency tested in the cleaning, and disinfecting process of the equipment. We monitor, record and report quarterly on points of equipment disinfection and competency.

Our extensive quality control program monitors over many quality factors on an ongoing basis. Critical factors related to infection control are monitored on every processed instrument, and we adopted the model to use disposable items for single patient use.

Post-procedure complications and infections are also tracked on a quarterly basis.