Features: PDF OnlyRecovery Time and Safe Discharge of Endoscopy Patients After Conscious SedationLugay, Melinda, BSN, RN, CGRN; Otto, Gloria, BSN, RN, CGRN; Kong, Mei, MSN, RN; Mason, Diana J., PhD, RN, FAAN; Wilets, Ilene, PhDAuthor Information Melinda Lugay, BSN, RN, CGRN, is Nurse Manager, Endoscopy, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York. Gloria Otto, BSN, RN, CGRN, is Staff Nurse, Endoscopy, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York. Mei Kong, MSN, RN, is Nurse Manager, Endoscopy, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York. Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University in New York and Pleasantville, New York. Ilene Wilets, PhD, is a Statistician at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York. Gastroenterology Nursing: November-December 1996 - Volume 19 - Issue 6 - p 194-200 Buy Abstract The aim of this study was to identify the best method for determining when to safely discharge the endoscopy patients specifically it was designed to determine whether the patient's risk factors intraperative act currences and/or medications used during endoscopy should be used to determine the minimum length of study postconscions sedation or whether a general policy can be used as is currently practiced at many institute. Preoperative intraoperative and postoperative data were collected an a convenence sample of 405 adult ambulatory outpatients undergoing upper endoscopy and/or colonoscopy Subjects were also interviewed by phone within 48 hours of discharge to assess post discharge complications and their duration. Age preductad length of were in recovery time was predicted in the study variables intraprocedure accurrences predicted postprocedure occurrence. The implications of these and other findings are discussed in relation to nursing practice and future research. © 1996 by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.