Colonoscopy: an evidence-based approach

Lucy Kelly Senior Nurse Endoscopist, Endoscopy Unit, Burnley General Hospital, East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust, Burnley, Lancashire, England

Why you should read this article:
  • Understand the clinical indications for colonoscopy

  • To refresh your knowledge of the patient consent process for colonoscopy

  • To update your understanding of bowel preparation required prior to colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is an invasive, endoscopic procedure performed to visualize the inner lumen of the colon and is used for a variety of diagnostic purposes. The procedure is increasingly being performed by endoscopists. This article provides an overview of the indications and contraindications for colonoscopy and describes various elements of the procedure, including consent, sedation, and bowel preparation, in the context of the evidence base. The article also covers patient care before, during, and after the procedure.

standard of care.
doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11901

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This article has been externally double-blind peer reviewed and checked for plagiarism using automated software


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conflict of interest

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Kelly L (2022) Colonoscopy: an evidence-based approach. standard of care. doi: 10.7748/ns.2022.e11901

Published online: March 08, 2022

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