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Setting up, scoping, documentation, getting path samples labeled and sent to path, cleaning, setting up for tomorrow; may include patient intake, IV start, patient monitoring during procedure(s), recovery, patient teaching, discharge instructions, or these may be done by an outpt surg dept that covers GI lab and other outpt units.
I work in outpatient endoscopy. It can be very, very busy. We have two procedure rooms and generally see about 26 pts per day. The RNs have three different positions:
1. Admit/Recovery- admissions interview, starting IV, monitoring recovery, education and discharge
2. Assisting- helping in the procedure room with polypectomies, biopsies, dilations, etc.
3. Sedation- providing conscious sedation and monitoring the patient throughout the procedure; being prepared to act in an emergency
In my opinion it is very routine- but in a good way. What I really like is that it is truly a job that you do and then go home and forget about it. I will come in the next day and have 25 totally new patients. Good stuff.
I know this is an old thread but how are the physical demands of GI lab compared to a tele floor? I'm trying to find something that is a little less physically strenuous on my back and knees. I would hate to quit my current job only to find that the new one is too hard on my back. BTW I'm referring to outpatient GI lab.
When I am the sedation RN in outpatient GI lab, I am expected to wheel the patients on a non motorized gurney to and from the procedure room. Sometimes the standing in one place while sedating a patient can make my back tired. I have no previous back injuries and I am 30, so I don't mind it. But you may want to shadow someone if possible to see if it fits with your activity level.
I work in a endoscopy unit with 10 procedure rooms. You typically work in three different areas.
Pre, post, or procedures. The procedures vary, we have a peds rooms, a bronchoscopy room, 4 anesthesia rooms which typically specialize in ercp's and eus's and then 4 conscious sedation rooms. We typically do 40-60 outpatients a day while fitting in inpatients wherever we can. It's hard work. I am on my feet a lot more than when I was med surg. Anesthesia rooms are a little better since the crna's are managing true sedation and airway.
I say the thrill of doing EMR, ESD, ERCP gluing Esophageal Varices, banding, glueing fistulas, draining pancreatic cysts, capsule endoscopy, Bravo Ph monitoring and saving a patient who is bleeding out in the ICU for a few makes my day. Love Endoscopy been doing it for 20 some years now even published in the ASGE It's a great job!!!!