Clin Endosc.  2021 Nov;54(6):843-850. 10.5946/ce.2021.014.

A Nationwide Survey on the Facilities and Personnel for Endoscopic Sedation: Results from 50 Qualified Endoscopy Units of Teaching Hospitals Accredited by the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (KSGE)

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Institute for Digestive Research, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Incheon, Korea
  • 6Department of Internal Medicine, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea


This study aimed to determine the current status of facilities, equipment, and personnel for endoscopic sedation from endoscopy units of representative hospitals in South Korea.
A questionnaire survey was conducted on 50 qualified endoscopy units accredited by the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
All included endoscopy units had regulations and educational programs regarding sedation training for endoscopists and nursing personnel. There present one assisting nurse during endoscopy in 35 units (70%) and at least two nurses in 12 units (24.0%). All endoscopy units had examination rooms equipped with oxygen supply and suction systems. Endoscopist-directed sedation was performed in 48 units (96.0%). Propofol-based sedation was the most used sedation method. All units had a separate recovery bay. The daily number of patients per bed was greater than 10 in 17 units (34.0%). In 26 (52.0%) units, a single nurse cared for ≥10 patients per day. All the units fulfilled the discharge criteria.
This study presents data regarding endoscopic sedation clinical practice in 50 endoscopy units in South Korea. This study presents the current status of endoscopic sedation clinical practice in 50 qualified endoscopy units accredited by the KSGE, which provide excellent quality management.


Facility; Gastrointestinal endoscopy; Personnel; Survey


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