PEnQuIN and Improving the Quality of Pediatric Endoscopy

Several articles in a recent JPGN supplement issue describe the efforts to develop quality standards and indicators for pediatric endoscopy. All of these articles are open access.

The overview article (CM Walsh et al. JPGN 2022;74: S3–S15) is the most important: Open Access: Overview of the Pediatric Endoscopy Quality Improvement Network Quality Standards and Indicators for Pediatric Endoscopy: A Joint NASPGHAN/ESPGHAN Guideline

The reporting article (CM Walsh et al. JPGN 2022;74: S53–S62) lays out the details that should be included in an endoscopy procedure note: open access PDF: Pediatric Endoscopy Quality Improvement Network Pediatric Endoscopy Reporting Elements: A Joint NASPGHAN/ESPGHAN Guideline

The other articles:

JR Lightdale et al. JPGN 2022;74: S16–S29 Open Access: Pediatric Endoscopy Quality Improvement Network Quality Standards and Indicators for Pediatric Endoscopy Facilities: A Joint NASPGHAN/ESPGHAN Guideline

JR Lightdale et al. JPGN 2022;74: S30-S43 Open Access: Pediatric Endoscopy Quality Improvement Network Quality Standards and Indicators for Pediatric Endoscopic Procedures: A Joint NASPGHAN/ESPGHAN Guideline

CM Walsh et al. JPGN 2022;74: S44–S52. Open Access: Pediatric Endoscopy Quality Improvement Network Quality Standards and Indicators for Pediatric Endoscopists and Endoscopists in Training: A Joint NASPGHAN/ESPGHAN Guideline

My view: These detailed articles provide a good framework for improving pediatric endoscopy. After assuring that the facility and personnel are high quality, the pediatric endoscopist has the important responsibility of providing a high quality endoscopy. We need to strive to provide the best care for every single child entrusted in our care. In my view, the most important step is having an appropriate indication and despite guidelines, this remains highly subjective.

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