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Advisory: New Endoscopy Unit Marks the Future of Digestive Health Care

Media are invited to an open house between 2 and 3 p.m. THURSDAY (6/28) at Ohio State University Medical Center featuring a new, state-of-the-art endoscopy unit. The Gastroenterologic Endoscopy unit will offer enhanced care for patients with a variety of medical conditions, as well as recommended screenings. Years of planning of the unit led to a design created with patient safety and comfort in mind, as well as staff efficiency.

The comprehensive center has attracted new physicians, nurses and technicians specializing in digestive health to Ohio State’s Medical Center, and staffing is expected to continue to grow by two- to threefold.

Features include:
· Combined diagnostic and therapeutic technology that creates a “one-stop shop” for procedures
· Central monitoring stations for greater patient safety and more efficient use of staff expertise
· More procedure rooms (16 now, six in previous unit), reducing patients’ wait time
· 34 private pre- and post-procedure rooms able to accommodate a support person
· One of just two centralized endoscopy equipment disinfection rooms in the country, improving safety and efficiency by allowing for direct equipment transfer from every procedure room.

Endoscopy refers to the internal inspection of all segments of the digestive system using a scope equipped with a camera to relay internal images onto a screen. Conditions for which patients are screened and treated in the unit range from colon and liver cancers to inflammatory bowel diseases and acid reflux.

The endoscopy unit is based on the second floor of Doan Hall, 410 W. 10th Ave. Media parking is available in the main Rhodes Hall loop. Upon arrival, please ask information desk staff to page Emily Caldwell.

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