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Current ERCP practice in Belgium: the BSGIE survey

Journal Volume 84 - 2021
Issue Fasc.1 - Original articles
Author(s) C. Snauwaert 1, X. Dekoninck 2, T. Moreels 3
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(1) Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, AZ Sint-Jan Brugge-Oostende AV, Ruddershove 10, 8000 Bruges
(2) Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Clinique Saint Pierre, Ottignies
(3) Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels

Background and study aims: Data on procedural outcome and quality of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in Belgian practice are scarce. The aim of this study is to assess current status of ERCP-performance in Belgium.

Methods: National multi-institutional survey (online questionnaire) among members of the Belgian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (BSGIE), conducted in the period June-August 2018. The RIZIV/INAMI provided real-life data on the total number of ERCPs performed in Belgium.

Results: Forty-five responders completed the survey (for 43 centers performing ERCP), providing information for 8368 ERCPs performed in 45% (43/95) of institutions performing ERCP in Belgium. Fifty-eight percent of centers performed > 100 ERCPs/year and 7% of centers (n=3) performed < 50 ERCPs/year. According to the RIZIV/INAMI data, low case-volume centers are underrepresented in this survey. The most common ERCPindication was stone extraction (52%). 74% of endoscopists had more than 10 years of experience in performing ERCP. The majority of centers had their own written protocol (84%) for microbiological duodenoscope surveillance. Monitoring of cannulation rate and post-ERCP pancreatitis (PEP) was only performed in a minority of centers (30%). The majority of centers (76%) provided verbal informed consent relating to the ERCP-procedure ; a minority also requested a written informed consent (23%). 65% of centers systematically use NSAIDs for PEP prophylaxis.

Conclusion: This is the first survey of ERCP performance in Belgium. There were wide variations in practice. Adherence to key performance measures and measurement and evaluation of ERCP performance in daily practice at center and endoscopist level are not uniformly widespread.

Keywords: ERCP, key performance measures, quality performance.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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PMID 33639696