24th ward, 9F of Emergency Treatment Building
The 24th ward area, located on 9F of the emergency room building, comprises specialized outpatient clinic, specialized ward, gastrointestinal endoscopy center and digestive disease laboratory. With 62 beds, the Department of Gastroenterology was the first clinical department in our province to establish pediatric gastroenterology division and perform gastrointestinal endoscopy on young children, with the youngest examinee being a newborn. The Department has received multiple honors such as “high-quality nursing care” and “outstanding ward” at both national and provincial levels.
The Department provides children and teenagers aging from 1 month to 18 with quality, efficient and safe diagnosis and treatment services, which cover the following major diseases: acute & chronic diarrhea, chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastrointestinal polyp, inflammatory bowel disease, digestive tract hemorrhage, digestive tract malformation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, acute pancreatitis, foreign body in digestive tract, acute gastroenteritis, recurrent vomiting, abdominal allergic purpura, moderate-severe malnutrition, hemorrhagic colitis and other relevant pediatric medical disorders.
With patient-oriented service as the purpose, the Department of Gastroenterology always strives for constant improvement and pursues better patient services. The Department has 31 medical personnel, including 4 with senior titles, 3 with vice-senior titles, 6 with intermediate titles, 1 master student supervisor, 6 with master's degrees, and 1 part-time professor from University of South China. One of the doctors has over 1 year’s work experience in the U.S., and has helped the hospital establish long-term partnership with Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center and Shanghai International Medical Center. There are 22 nursing staff members, of whom 1 is associate chief nurse, 3 supervisor nurses and 14 nurse practitioners. All of them boast rich experience in clinical nursing for pediatric digestive diseases. Director You Jieyu, as the academic leader of the Department, a master student supervisor and a part-time professor of University of South China, is currently a specialist on the pediatric gastroendoscopy management committee of National Health and Family Planning Commission, member of the pediatric digestology group of Chinese Medical Association pediatric branch, leader of Hunan pediatric digestology group of Chinese Medical Association pediatric branch, member of the gastroendoscopy committee of Chinese Medical Association Hunan branch, council member of Chinese Medical Association Hunan branch, and member of Hunan medical malpractice judgement committee. Having worked in pediatric digestive system area for 30 years, You Jieyu is a doctor of high attainment in critical pediatric digestive illnesses such as prolonged vomiting & anorexia, dyspepsia, chronic diarrhea, hemafecia, haematemesis, chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, pediatric jaundice, pediatric acute pancreatitis and massive hemorrhage of gastrointestinal tract. You Jieyu specializes in electronic gastrointestinal endoscopy for pediatric patients and their treatment, for example, endoscopy-guided hemostasis, endoscopy-guided polypectomy, removal of foreign body from digestive tract and mucosa biopsy. As the winner of the International Endoscopics Award, You Jieyu has published over 30 papers on provincial-level magazines or above; compiled & written 6 books; engaged in the writing of over 10 books; and played a leading role in 20 research projects.
Leading technical strength
Hunan pediatric digestology group of Chinese Medical Association pediatrics branch is affiliated to our Department of Gastroenterology. The gastrointestinal endoscopy center is equipped with advanced endoscopy equipment, and different models of pediatric electronic gastroscopies and colonoscopies. The equipment can be applied to digestive tract endoscopy, endoscope-guided hemostasis for digestive tract hemorrhage, and enteroscope-guided polypectomy for patients of different age groups. The youngest patient that has received endoscope-guided interventional therapies such as removal of foreign body from digestive tract and mucosa biopsy in the center is a newborn. Digestive disease laboratory conducted serum food intolerance determination, and 13C breathing tests for detecting helicobacter pylori. In recent years, we succesfully performed pediatric electronic endoscopy on small intestines, which provides basis for diagnosing previously challenging small intestine diseases such as small intestine bleeding and Crohn's disease. This represents breakthrough progress and puts the hospital on the top in the regard in China. For children patients with severe malnutrition, a nutritional therapy group consisting of doctors, nurses and nutritionists has been set up to perform enteral and parenteral nutrition treatment, and intravenous high-nutrition therapy by means of PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) catheterization. As a result, patients’ weight goes up in a short time. For children patients with severe pancreatitis, the new technique of nasointestinal tube insertion is conducted, relieving the pain from fasting and shortening hospital stays. For patients with Crohn's disease, infliximab monoclonal antibody is given as the treatment, and turns out to be very effective. Currently, our Department of Gastroenterology is the only medical unit in the province that applies infliximab monoclonal antibody to treatment of pediatric Crohn's disease.
The Department has advanced medical equipment, including gastroscope, coloscope, enteroscope, 13C breath test detector, electrogastrogram device, ECG monitor, microcomputer infusion pump and defibrillator.
Strong research capability
On the basis of massive clinical work, medical workers of the Department keep the momentum of learning and innovating, and have achieved fruitful results in scientific research. So far, the Department has presided over 16 provincial-level projects and 10 hospital-level projects, and published more than 100 papers. Till now, the Department has sponsored continuing education class about pediatric digestive diseases yearly, which are attended by over 100 people from all across the country. The research project “Application of Electronic Enteroscopy to Pediatric Patients with Small Intestine Bleeding” received a winning prize from the provincial department of science and technology.