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New Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard released

September 18, 2018

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has released new Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard.  

The clinical care standard gives guidance to clinicians, health services and consumers about appropriate care, such as bowel preparation, sedation, the colonoscopy and recovery. It clarifies appropriate use of the procedure based on evidence and will help reduce unnecessary colonoscopies.

The new standard also supports clinician certification and recertification as requirements for delivery of colonoscopy services. Using the standard will assist health services to meet the requirements of the NSQHS Standard second edition which come into effect from January 2019.

The standard has been endorsed by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand, the Gastroenterological Nurses College of Australia, Cancer Council australia, Lynch Syndrome Australia and other professional and consumer bodies.

Read the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard Media Release.

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard and separate fact sheets for consumers and clinicians can befound on the Commission’s website at: www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/clinical-care-standards/colonoscopy-clinical-care-standard/

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