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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Gastroenterology - January 2019

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C olorectal cancer doesn't discriminate against the young, so last May the American Cancer Society rec- ommended that screening for precancerous growths in the colon begin at age 45 instead of age 50. "We're getting a lot more phone calls from patients who want to schedule a colonoscopy," says Julie Carpenter, BSN, RN, a direct access nurse at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. The hospital has 4 procedure rooms in which they cur- rently schedule 12 to 13 screenings a day, but several of its GI docs are considering adding another block schedule to keep up with the expected uptick in requests for first-time colonoscopies. Advocate Good Samaritan recently launched the Direct Access Screening Colonoscopy (DASC) program to fast-track patients who are in overall good health and at average risk for colon cancer. DASC, which has the hospital perfectly positioned to capitalize on colonoscopy volume that's expected to increase in the coming years, was designed to overcome barriers to screening and eliminate the flimsy excuses — too busy, too scared and too hesitant to endure the bowel prepping process (OK, that one has some merit) — patients use to avoid the potentially life-saving test. Clinical team members collaborated to create a 2-page triage form, which helps nurses identify patients with risk factors that exclude them from the program, including: • family history of colon cancer • younger than 45 and older than 75 years Daniel Cook | Executive Editor Are You Ready for the Colonoscopy Boom? New screening recommendations are expected to increase the demand for first-time colonoscopies. 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9

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