Nursing CPD Institute

Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard 2020

CPD Hours: 1.5
Current as at 18 May 2020
Clinical care standards aim to support the delivery of appropriate evidence-based clinical care and promote shared decision making between patients, carers and clinicians. In this session, the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard 2020 will be reviewed.

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“Explore the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard 2020”

Course Content

Clinical care standards aim to support the delivery of appropriate evidence-based clinical care, and promote shared decision making between patients, carers and clinicians.

Colonoscopy refers to the examination of the entire large bowel using a camera in a flexible tube, or colonoscope. It is a complex task that requires the colonoscopist to manipulate the colonoscope effectively in order to visualise the bowel, while performing therapeutic interventions such as removing polyps or tissue samples when required.

The risk of serious complications is approximately 4 perforations and 8 major bleeding events per 10,000 screening colonoscopies with an estimated mortality rate of 0.007%.5 Risk increases with age, with the number of colonoscopies and when polyps are removed. While the risk of complication is relatively small, a large number of people undergo colonoscopy, many of whom are not diagnosed with any disease.

This clinical care standard supports the delivery of high quality colonoscopy in terms of:

• Processes to support a high quality procedure including bowel preparation, sedation, colonoscopy and recovery
• Clinical skills and ongoing competence required to deliver all aspects of care
• Appropriate use of colonoscopy according to evidence-based guidelines
• Information provided to consumers before and after a colonoscopy and their participation in shared decision-making
• Clinical communication during referral, reporting and follow-up

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Explore the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard 2020
  • Review the Nine Quality Statements in the Standard
  • Investigate the standard as it relates to the patient, the clinician, and the health service
  • Reflect on your work area and the compliance with this standard
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