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    ABSTRACT: Variable stiffness colonoscope may be useful in performing colonoscopies in nonsedated patients or under endoscopist-controlled sedation. The objective of this study is to evaluate whether this instrument facilitates colonoscopy in patients under deep sedation monitored by an anaesthesiologist. Prospective and randomized study enroling consecutive patients referred for colonoscopy under deep sedation monitored by an anaesthesiologist. In group I, a variable stiffness colonoscope was used, whereas in group II, a standard colonoscope was used. The main variable was the need to change the position of the patient during the endoscopy. Fifty-six patients were included in group I (variable stiffness colonoscope) and 54 in group II (standard colonoscope). The caecum was reached in 92.9% of patients in group I and in 90.7% of group II (P=0.7). The time required to reach the caecum was significantly less in group I (6.14±3.5 vs. 7.7±3.8; P=0.035). The variable stiffness colonoscope was effective in 66.7% of cases. Changing the position of the patient was necessary in 12.5% of cases in group I compared with 33.3% of cases in group II (P=0.01). The variable stiffness colonoscope avoids the need to change the patient's position and reduces caecal intubation time in patients undergoing colonoscopy under deep sedation controlled by an anaesthesiologist.
    European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology 07/2011; 23(7):593-7. · 1.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Non-attendance at endoscopy procedures leads to wasted resources and increased costs. The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors associated with non-attendance. All patients who attended the outpatient clinic for gastroscopy or colonoscopy examinations were included in the study. Patients who missed their appointment were identified and their data were collected prospectively. Patients who kept their appointment in the same period of time served as controls. Between August 2002 and February 2003, 1051 gastroscopies and 756 colonoscopies were scheduled. A total of 265 patients (14.7%) missed their appointment. No significant differences were found between attendees and non-attendees for mean age, gender, type of examination and day of the week on which the examination was scheduled. The time on the waiting list was longer in patients who did not keep their appointment than in those who did. Fewer appointments were missed in patients with a preferent referral, and among patients referred by their general practitioner a higher percentage failed to keep their appointment compared with those referred by a specialist. In the multivariate analysis, length of time on the waiting list and the source of referral were the only two independent predictive factors for non-attendance. A longer time on the waiting list and referral by a general practitioner are factors associated with patients failing to keep their endoscopy appointment.
    Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 02/2008; 43(2):202-6. · 2.33 Impact Factor