The American Society of Gastroenterology has quality indicators for measuring and monitoring our performance in preventing colon cancer. The GI Lab tracks all colonoscopies for completion of the colonoscopy by taking a cecal (which is the end of the large intestine) picture and polyp detection. The national average for polyp detection is 25%. From October 2010 – March 2011 our polyp detection rate was 30%.
Effective colonoscopy includes careful and thorough mucosal inspection in order to prevent and reduce colon cancer. By taking a cecal picture this helps measure completion rates of colonoscopies. By documenting this you are verifying that the physician is a skilled endoscopist and your entire large colon was inspected to detect abnormalities.
Colorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. A polyp is a foreign growth with the potential to become cancerous. Screening tests locate polyps so they can be removed before that happens or detect colorectal cancer early when the chance of cure is good. Our higher rate of detection can assure you that your colon is being examined thoroughly by the endoscopist.
Clarion Hospital's GI lab monitors these quality outcomes to ensure the best possible care. Our mission statement here in SPU is to prevent GI related cancers in our community. By having the detection rate above the national average we know we are not only doing our jobs but we are doing our jobs well.