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Colonoscopy completion rates: Technologies have evolved

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1287
  1. Peter Irving, research fellow (,
  2. Joel Mawdsley, research fellow,
  3. Richard Makins, research fellow
  1. Research Centre for Gastroenterology, Barts and the London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London E1 2AD

    EDITOR—In their quality improvement report on improving caecal intubation rates at colonoscopy Ball et al conclude that these improvements were due to three key measures: increasing appointment times, allocating the procedures to the most skilled operators, and improving bowel preparation in frail patients.1 We have several issues related to each of their interventions.

    Firstly, colonoscopy appointment times were increased from 20 minutes …

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