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Reply: Retraction of endorsement European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates and the European Society of Anaesthesiology Guideline – non-anaesthesiologist administration of propofol for gastrointestinal endoscopy

Dumonceau, Jean-Marc*; Riphaus, Andrea*; Aparicio, J.R.; Beilenhoff, U.; Ortmann, M.; Paspatis, G.; Ponsioen, C.Y.; Racz, I.; Schreiber, F.; Vilmann, P.; Wehrmann, T.; Walder, B.; Neuhaus, H.NAAP Task Force members

European Journal of Anaesthesiology: April 2012 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 208–209
doi: 10.1097/EJA.0b013e32835132f5
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From the Guideline Committee of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (J-MD), Department of Medicine, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany (AR), Endoscopy Unit, Hospital General Universitario de Alicante, Alicante, Spain (JRA), ESGENA, Ulm, Germany (UB), ESGENA, Basel, Switzerland (MO), Department of Gastroenterology, Benizelion General Hopsital, Crete, Greece (GP), Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (CYP), First Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Petz Aladar Hospital, Gyor, Vasvari, Hungary (IR), Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria (FS), Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Herlev Hospital, Endoscopic Unit, Gentofte Hospital, Copenhagen University, Hellerup, Denmark (PV), Division of Gastroenterology, Deutsche Klinik für Diagnostik, Wiesbaden, Germany (TW), Division of Anaesthesiology, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland (BW), Executive Committee of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Munich, Germany (HN)

*Jean-Marc Dumonceau and Andrea Riphaus wrote this article.

NAAP Task Force members are listed in Acknowledgement section.

Correspondence to Jean-Marc Dumonceau, MD, PhD, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Geneva University Hospitals, Rue Micheli-du-Crest 24, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland Fax: +41 22 3729366; e-mail: jmdumonceau@hotmail.com

Published online 28 February 2012

Editor,

The European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) has retracted its endorsement of the Guideline: nonanaesthesiologist administration of propofol for gastrointestinal endoscopy more than 1 year after giving that approval.1–3 The guideline was produced by a committee that included members of the ESA, of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), and of the European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (ESGENA).2,3 This committee had worked together in an attempt to improve the quality and safety of care for the patient undergoing gastrointestinal interventions. The German S3 guideline on sedation in gastrointestinal endoscopy is another example of this interdisciplinary process at a national level.4

The subject of nonanaesthesiologist administration of propofol is not new: the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) had already made recommendations in 2007 about the use of propofol in its Guidelines for sedation and/or analgesia by nonanaesthesiology doctors.5 The ESGE-ESGENA-ESA Guideline is completely in line with the recommendations made in that EBA Guideline. And, as noted in the ESA retraction of their endorsement,1 ‘following evaluation of the scientific evidence by the ESA guidelines committee, the Board of Directors of the ESA decided unanimously to endorse the report’. We are astonished that the ESA endorsement of the guideline was withdrawn for political reasons and not on the basis on new evidence that contradicted the guideline.6 We understand that there are two strands of opinion in the ESA, one supporting and the other opposing the guideline.6

Endorsement of a guideline should be retracted if new evidence appears that contradicts the guideline. As the ESA has so far failed to support its statement with evidence-based arguments, we feel that the retraction of its endorsement of the Guideline for the nonanaesthesiologist administration of propofol for gastrointestinal endoscopy is not in line with current standards of international guideline development. Because of the given evidence for the guideline recommendations and its scientific value, ESGE and ESGENA continue to endorse the guideline.

This letter is being published simultaneously in Endoscopy and the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.

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Acknowledgement

Non-Anaesthesiologist Administration of Propofol (NAAP) Task Force: Lars Aabakken, Anthony Axon, Guido Costamagna, Emiliano Giostra, Pernille Hornslet, Spiros Ladas, Tomasz Marek, Mario Dinis-Ribeiro.

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References

1. Pelosi P. Retraction of endorsement: European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates, and the European Society of Anaesthesiology Guideline: Nonanaesthesiologist administration of propofol for GI endoscopy. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2012.
2. Dumonceau JM, Riphaus A, Aparicio JR, et al. European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates, and the European Society of Anaesthesiology Guideline: Nonanaesthesiologist administration of propofol for GI endoscopy. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2010; 27:1016–1030.
3. Dumonceau JM, Riphaus A, Aparicio JR, et al. European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates, and the European Society of Anaesthesiology Guideline: Nonanesthesiologist administration of propofol for GI endoscopy. Endoscopy 2010; 42:960–974.
4. Riphaus A, Wehrmann T, Weber B, et al. S3 guideline: sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy 2008. Endoscopy 2009; 41:787–815.
5. Knape JTA, Adriaensen H, van Aken H, et al. Guidelines for sedation and/or analgesia by nonanaesthesiology doctors. Section and Board of Anaesthesiology, European Union of Medical Specialists. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2007; 24:563–567.
6. Werner C, Smith A, Van Aken H. Guidelines on nonanaesthesiologist administration of propofol for gastrointestinal endoscopy: a double-edged sword. Eur J Anaesthesiol 2011; 28:553–555.
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