Is this the right place for my GI procedure? Ask Oprah!
Oprah Winfrey advises of the 6 most important questions to ask if you are having a procedure at an out of hospital facility.
Wherever you have your procedure, ask these questions. For us at the Endoscopy Center of the North Shore, the answers are below:
“Is this the best setting for me?”
Knowledge of your individual case is key to being the right fit. Dr. Mehta personally reviews all available information in your health history, all prior results, and your specific symptoms and concerns. You will be examined and the procedure explained directly by the doctor. For full transparency, you will be given a color copy of your procure notes and pictures.
Is your office accredited and licensed?”
The law doesn’t demand accreditation, but you should. There are many stand-alone facilities operating with no oversight. Our facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF.org) and licensed by the State of Illinois. Strict quality improvement programs, tracking patient outcomes, preop testing for COVID19, and other interventions keep us a step ahead.
“Who will administer the anesthesia?”
A board-certified anesthesiologist will assess you beforehand and will be present throughout the procedure. We use MD’s to directly provide care, and not just a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) under remote supervision.
“Are you board-certified in this field?”
Dr. Mehta is Board Certified in Gastroenterology. He is also a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association and a Fellow of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The facility itself has the ASGE’s Quality Star Certification, just like the hospital. No other local office based endoscopy center has this quality designation.
“What emergency procedures are in place?”
The facility has a fully equipped staff , equipment, and protocols for dealing with emergencies. We have professional resuscitation training in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support program from the American Heart Association. A fully equipped crash cart, defibrillator, oxygen, and emergency cardiopulmonary equipment is maintained on site at all times. We have an agreement with Evanston Hospital to take expedited transfers as needed.
“Who will monitor my recovery?”
Your recovery team consists of your anesthesiologist, an RN, and Dr. Mehta. You will not be discharged without all 3 and you being ready! Dr. Mehta will personally review your findings with you in detail when you are awake.