Colonoscopy is one of the most common gastrointestinal procedures performed in an outpatient setting. Colonoscopy is an excellent imaging procedure that can help visualize the entire colon and rectum. Over the years the procedure has become a safe and reliable way of examining the colon. In the last 15 years, better technology has resulted in flexible instruments with exceptional video imaging. The images can be viewed in real-time on a monitor and can even be stored for later viewing. Colonoscopy is used both as a diagnostic and a therapeutic tool. Current guidelines recommend colonoscopy screening starting at the age of 50. Because colon cancer is very prevalent in North American society, regular screening is the only way to reduce mortality rates.
The goal of this continuing education program is to provide surgical technologists with information about colonoscopy, its indications and potential complications. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to —
- Describe how polyps present and the risk factors for polyps.
- Discuss the various screening guidelines for colonoscopy in different populations.
- List the indications for colonoscopy.
- Explain how the colonoscopy procedure is performed.
- List all the potential complications of performing a colonoscopy.
This course is intended for surgical techs.
This continuing education activity is approved for 2.00 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2015. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.