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The use of sterile water at colonoscopy—is it money down the drain?

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5760 (Published 22 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5760
  1. Jennifer Smith, surgical registrar, Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden, Blackburn BB2 3HH, UK,
  2. Charles Cross, foundation year one doctor, Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital,
  3. Patrick Scott, consultant colorectal surgeon, Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital
  1. Correspondence to J Smith: jennifer912{at}doctors.org.uk

At a time of protracted economic difficulty, hospital trusts are being forced to focus on cost saving measures across the network. This has involved reduction in bed numbers, job cuts, and a restriction on finite resources. With financial constraints ever present in a clinician’s mind, we consider the use of sterile water at colonoscopy and whether this is a necessary expenditure or an unnecessary luxury we can ill afford.

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