#ShoreHealthCareHeroes: Endoscopy

Barb DiMaio, RN

June 02, 2020

The #shorehealthcareheroes of Shore Medical Center’s Endoscopy team conducts over 2,000 endoscopic procedures each year, and while many elective services were shut down due to COVID-19,  our endoscopy team continued to provide vital service to patients with gastro-intestinal, pulmonary, cardiac, urology and other conditions throughout the pandemic.
“The reality is that other health issues do not take a break because there is a pandemic,” said Jen Pero, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager of Shore Medical Center’s Endoscopy Unit. “People still have digestive issues, heart issues, and other health concerns that need to be addressed and treated. Infection prevention is taken very seriously and it’s always a top priority for us. Our team has done an outstanding job and has met every challenge that they have been faced with to make sure our patients and staff are safe during this pandemic.”
The endoscopy unit plays a very important role when it comes to patient care and the equipment available to our very skilled team allows for certain medical conditions to be managed without having the need for major surgery. These miniature cameras allow our team to acquire important knowledge and observe problems within the patient's body that generally originate in the genitourinary system and or the digestive system.  Other procedures consist of but are not limited to colonoscopies, cystoscopies, Lithotripsies, Transesophageal echocardiograms, cardioversions, bronchoscopies, and minor surgery. 
The Endoscopy team is comprised of seven critical care registered nurses, four certified technologists, a unit secretary, anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, nurse practitioners, pulmonologists, urologists and general surgeons who have advanced knowledge in pre- and post-procedure recovery, hemodynamic monitoring,  POC testing, bronchoscopy, endoscopy, cystoscopy, minor surgical procedures.