Nurses’ Role in Colonoscopy at Outpatient Department

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Sopana Wongtawee


Nowadays, the number of outpatient colonoscopy cases is increasing. Successful colonoscopic screening
and polypectomy depend on adequate bowel preparations. Inadequate bowel preparations are common among
out-patients undergoing colonoscopy which has been reported up to 25%. Information regarding bowel
preparation is always provided by nurses at outpatient department. Therefore, nurses play a very important
role in bowel preparations. Outpatient nurses who provide the information need to be knowledgeable in
colorectal cancer, bowel preparations, complication, and screening for risks. When risks are discovered, the
nurse should consult the doctor in order for them to be addressed prior to the procedure. Moreover; the
nurse ought to manage factors related to bowel cleanliness. Accordingly, nurses’ role eventually leads to the
improvement in the quality of bowel preparations and safety of patients as a whole.

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Wongtawee, S. (2018). Nurses’ Role in Colonoscopy at Outpatient Department. Journal of Research in Nursing-Midwifery and Health Sciences, 38(2), 142–148. Retrieved from


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