Colonoscopy Quality Indicators

Colonoscopy is the most commonly performed gastrointestinal procedure, with more than 14 million colonoscopies performed in the United States each year. Colonoscopies are performed as a screening for cancer, surveillance and diagnostic to evaluate symptoms.

Patients are advised to seek a well-trained endoscopist who maintains an adequate case volume to maintain procedural skills (more than 300 procedures per year) and has a record of performing a complete examination of the colon.

Quality indicators or benchmarks have been developed to establish competence in performing colonoscopy and help define areas for continuous quality improvement.

As shown below, our physicians are highly skilled and have a very low complication rate.

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The skill and thoroughness of the endoscopist impacts the pre-cancerous polyp detection rate. The detection rate for pre-cancerous polyps in men should be at least 25% and should be at least 15% in women.

 

 

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The lower the number the better! Colon perforation is one of the more serious complications of colonoscopy. Colon perforation rate should not exceed threshold of 0.2%.

 

 

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The lower the number the better! Post Polypectomy bleed rate should not exceed threshold of 1.5%.

GI Consultants is accredited by the following: Nevada Colon Cancer Partnership, Screen for Life, American Gastroenterological Association, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc., Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, American College of Physicians - Internal Medicine, and is Board Certified by the American College of Gastroenterology.