Endoscopic Ultrasound Procedures:
Highlighting the Important Role of Nurses and Technicians
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Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combines and modifies techniques of gastrointestinal endoscopy and ultrasonography. It uses sound waves known as ultrasound during an endoscopic procedure to look at or through the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. The common indications for EUS-TA (tissue acquisition) include diagnosis and staging of pancreaticobiliary, esophageal, gastric and rectal malignancies. In addition, EUS-TA can be used for numerous nonmalignant processes and mediastinal lesions such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, abscesses and cysts.EUS is an important diagnostic modality. In this presentation the importance of the nurses and technician in the performance of these procedures is demonstrated.
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:
Discuss EUS procedure by reviewing basic anatomy, procedural/equipment preparation, patient education, procedural steps, available technologies, best practices.
Highlight the importance of nurse and technician role in performing these procedures
Discuss strategies for effective interdisciplinary endoscopic patient management