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offered a financial advantage. Carbon dioxide, with its ability to improve a colonoscopy screening's efficiency, also increased our patient satisfaction scores and the time savings we realized allowed us to pay for switching to gas within a year. Despite it being fairly well known in the industry that using CO2 to insufflate colonoscopy patients improves their comfort, it's not yet the standard practice in all facilities. One factor contributing to this is its higher cost. In our facility, physicians were split among those who wanted to use CO2 and those who weren't sure if it was worth the added expense. That's why we conducted a trial to detail how CO2 insufflation impacted patient care and exactly how much extra it cost us to implement the practice. To run the trial, we took one of our three procedure rooms and ded- icated it as the CO2 room. Patients receiv- ing colonoscopies in this room were given CO2 insufflation, while those in our other two rooms received air insuffla- tion. Not only did this let us compare CO2 patients to our control group, but it also gave us a good idea of how many tanks we would go through per room, how long the tanks would run and what 4 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 www chann moistu ant to lea a W .driscope w isit V nels of your s ure out of the arn the best e.com scopes? e internal way to keep safe scope s He D safe with one of our es dry and patien elp keep your Products! Dri-Scope Aid e with one of our nt

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