THE ROLE OF THE GI ENDOSCOPY NURSE

Around 1-1.5% of the population requires an upper or lower endoscopic investigation of the gastrointestinal tract each year.1 Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures are used as diagnostic, as well as interventional. It includes gastroscopies where the scope is placed inside the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small bowel; and colonoscopies where the scope is inserted in the large bowel. Nurse’s play an important role in these procedures. In this article we highlight the role of nurses in gastrointestinal endoscopy.