THE QUALITY OF COLONOSCOPY
Articles have stressed the importance of the quality of colonoscopy. Most patients are unaware of what to ask or how to get the information. At Montgomery Gastroenterology we realize that deciding on a doctor for a colonoscopy is not an easy task. We hope to provide you with information to guide you in your decision. We started tracking our quality measures from 2013 and will update the website annually.
The following parameters have been reviewed nationally and found to be quality indicators of colonoscopy. These indicators were also reviewed by the major Gastroenterological societies as referenced in the following article: Quality indicators for colonoscopy
2.Completion Rate- the percentage of patients in whom doctors successfully reach the end of the colon. The rate should be >90% of cases.
Withdrawal time, the time taken to examine the colon from beginning to end. This should be more than 6 minutes
Perforation rates- the rate at which physicians create a hole in the colon during a colonoscopy. A rate greater than 1 in 1000 should raise concern.
Recent articles on the quality indicators of colonoscopy:
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