The use of sterile water at colonoscopy—is it money down the drain?BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5760 (Published 22 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5760
- Jennifer Smith, surgical registrar, Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden, Blackburn BB2 3HH, UK,
- Charles Cross, foundation year one doctor, Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital,
- Patrick Scott, consultant colorectal surgeon, Department of General Surgery, Royal Blackburn Hospital
- Correspondence to J Smith:
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.
In our …