Nurses and other health professionals may be necessary to meet demand for colonoscopies as colorectal cancer screening programs grow to meet needs. Being sure that they can meet standards for quality exams is critical.
In the Netherlands, five nurse endoscopists were trained to do colonoscopies under the supervision of a senior gastroenterologist. Each had 100 consecutive procedures evaluated for both quality and patient satisfaction.
During the study their exams met international standards for quality, and 95 percent of patients said that, overall, they were satisfied with their experience. Read the rest of this entry »