The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee's Three Priority Quality Indicators for Screening Colonoscopy Services
Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women in the United States. Small polyps are slow to grow and turn to cancer, which provides time for screening and removal of the precancerous polyps so that colorectal cancer is prevented. Quality colonoscopy services are essential to ensure all polyps are found and removed as the final step of colorectal cancer screening. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee developed quality indicators for colonoscopy services. The Committee prioritized 3 quality indicators for screening colonoscopies: the frequency of (1) adenoma detection in asymptomatic patients at average risk; (2) adherence to the surveillance intervals for postpolypectomy, postcancer resection, or the 10-year interval for the average-risk patients with good bowel preparations who had negative colonoscopies; and (3) visualization of the cecum by notation and landmark photographic documentation. Gastroenterology nurses, endoscopists, and the quality management team can use the Plan-Do-Study-Act method of quality improvement to meet the established performance targets and prevent interval cancers.
Morrow, L., & Greenwald, B. (2022). The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee's three priority quality indicators for screening colonoscopy services. Gastroenterology Nursing: The Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, 45(6), 407-409. Doi: 10.1097/SGA.0000000000000675