Web Portal Service Change

Effective January 3, 2017, Carolina Mountain Gastroenterology will discontinue our portal service through Follow My Health.  You will receive an invitation to join our new service once it is active.  

We ask that you bear with us during this change over period, and feel free to contact us by phone, mail, or in person with any of your questions or concerns in the interim.  Thank you for your continued trust and cooperation in providing our patients with excellent Digestive Health services.

New Scope Cleaning Equipment

In our ongoing commitment to provide the best in quality care, Carolina Mountain Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Center has purchased and implemented new scope cleaning equipment. the ASP EVOTECH Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR).

Reprocessing of endoscopes generally requires labor-intensive manual cleaning followed by high-level disinfection in an automated endoscope reprocessor (AER).  Standard reprocessing typically includes bedside cleaning of the exterior and the suction channel, manual washing and brushing, subsequent disinfection through immersion in a liquid chemical germicide, followed by a water rinse, alcohol flush and air drying of all channels.

The ECR provides an automated approach superior to the manual cleaning required when using traditional AERs. It makes endoscope reprocessing a totally automated process that guarantees consistent cleaning and disinfection, giving physicians and patients confidence that the scope used has been consistently cleaned.



Patient Safety in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Recently there has been some talk about the spread of infection of a bacteria called Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) through a procedure called an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

We would like our patients to know that this does not apply to colonoscopy or upper endoscopy performed at Carolina Mountain Endoscopy Center.  Our equipment is different from the one used for the ERCP procedure and this makes them easier to clean and disinfect.  We are performing random quality checks on our scopes here using a product called Channel Check.  So far, all have been negative for the CRE bug.  ERCP's are hospital based procedures.

The FDA has released an update recommending patients not to cancel their ERCP procedures.  The risk of CRE is minimal compared to the benefits of the procedure.  Our physicians who perform these ERCP procedures at the hospitals are aware of this risk and are taking every measure to reduce the risk of infection.

Click here to read more about the FDA announcement.
Also Read this letter from the AGA, ASGE, ACG, AASLD and SAGES.  These are various groups and organizations for GI health.