n South African Medical Journal - An electronic colonoscopy record system enables detailed quality assessment and benchmarking of an endoscopic service : research




Competence in colonoscopy, which is a technically difficult procedure, requires adequate exposure to it and the maintenance of a detailed logbook. Without an electronic record this is difficult to achieve. By implementing an electronic medical record system we aimed to perform a detailed quality assessment audit of colonoscopy, to benchmark our results and generate accurate logbooks for individual endoscopists.

We reviewed the prospectively maintained Hybrid Electronic Medical Registry (HEMR). Colonoscopies performed between March 2013 and March 2014 were reviewed, and for competency, quality metrics were derived from the guidelines of the American Society of Gastroenterology.
A total of 843 colonoscopies were performed. Seven hundred and seventy procedures were performed by three staff endoscopists who each performed over the required 150 procedures annually (=197, 338 and 235). The remaining 73 (8.7%) were performed by other staff. In 105 cases (12.5%), bowel preparation was deemed to be inadequate, which caused the procedure to be abandoned in 34 cases.A total of 64 cases were deemed to be incomplete because of obstructing lesions (=26), extensive diverticulosis (=4), technical difficulty(=31) and patient discomfort (=3). There were two complications recorded: perforation (=1) and bleeding (=1).
The HEMR system enabled the audit of experiences with colonoscopy in our institution. Our results are broadly compatible with the international literature and with a number of guidelines. The development of an electronic record system is a major advance, as it enables meaningful benchmarking and the generation of accurate procedural logbooks.


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