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Colonoscopy Procedures and Standards

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A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure wherein the inside of the colon (large bowel) is examined for signs of bowel cancer or illness. It is performed using a flexible tube with a camera and light known as a colonoscope, which is inserted into the anus and guided through the colon.

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A colonoscopy is a diagnostic procedure wherein the inside of the colon (large bowel) is examined for signs of bowel cancer or illness. It is performed using a flexible tube known as a colonoscope, which is inserted into the anus and guided through the colon. The colonoscope uses a camera and light to transmit a clear, magnified image of the colon lining to a monitor while it is being maneuvered. The clinician may need to remove polyps (potentially cancerous growths on the colon lining) or collect tissue samples during the procedure.

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S Wright
04 Mar 2021
Very informative activity.
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Deirdre Gillick
24 Feb 2021
Good article
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Michelle Young
24 Feb 2021
Included links to new Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard
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Eleise Muller
03 Mar 2021
Reinforces basic knowledge of colonoscopy procedure and potential adverse outcomes
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Evelyn Mapossa
26 Apr 2021
Brief but concise
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Patricia Johnson
04 Mar 2021
A good resource.
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Kim Leishman
02 Mar 2021
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joana boamah
02 Mar 2021
Bowel cancer is the third most common and second most deadly cancer in Australia. Colonoscopy is a screening procedure to detect bowel cancer or polyps.
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Fiona Vila
29 Mar 2021
A good refresher in regards to colonoscopies especially when caring for patients about to undergo the procedure.
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Russell Bailey
07 Mar 2021
Helpful article.
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