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A survey among Flemish gastroenterologists about endoscopic sedation practices in colorectal cancer screening

Journal Volume 86 - 2023
Issue Fasc.4 - Original articles
Author(s) S. Arnaert 1, V. Vandebroek 1, D. Persyn 1, M. Cool 1, G. Lambrecht 1, G. Desmet 2, G. Deboever 1
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(1) Department of gastroenterology, AZ Damiaan, Oostende, Belgium
(2) Department of pneumology, AZ Damiaan, Oostende, Belgium

Background & study aims: The sedation levels and methods used for colonoscopy in colorectal cancer screening programs vary from country to country and from continent to continent. Little is known in the literature about how frequently the different sedation levels are used in colorectal cancer screening colonoscopies. We made a survey among all Flemish gastroenterologists (GI) to determine how frequently they use the different sedation modalities in this target population and to determine the motives of the GI to opt for one or another sedation modality.

Patient and methods: An online survey was sent to all 329 Flemish GI by e-mail. A reminder e-mail was sent one month later. Participants could indicate how frequently (by percentage) they used the different sedation methods (no sedation, minimal sedation, conscious sedation, deep sedation) and which sedative medication they administered. In addition, they were asked to indicate their main motives for choosing a specific sedation method. Descriptive statistics were used.

Results: 112 out of 329 GI answered the questionnaire (response rate 34%). Anesthesia monitored care is the most frequently used sedation modality, followed by conscious sedation. Patient preference is the main motive for most GI to use each sedation modality.

Conclusions: Anesthesia monitored care is currently the most frequently used sedation regimen to perform a colonoscopy in the FIT positive population or in the colorectal cancer screening program in Flanders. The motives given by the GI for choosing one or another sedation modality are not always congruent with current scientific evidence or guidelines.

Keywords: colonoscopy, sedation practices, colorectal cancer screening, water exchange, anesthesia monitored care.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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