Day case procedure is safe

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6981.739a (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:739
  1. Andrew C Douds,
  2. J Douglas Maxwell
  1. Registrar in gastroenterology Consultant gastroenterologist Division of Biochemical Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR,—Guy Vautier and colleagues discuss the cost and convenience of guided liver biopsy.1 When these two aspects are considered an additional important question is whether percutaneous liver biopsy should be performed as an inpatient or a day case procedure. The national audit of liver biopsies in 1991 indicated that fewer than 5% were performed as day case procedures.2 Why are British gastroenterologists and general physicians reluctant to perform day case biopsies when …

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