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Worth Every Penny - January 2021 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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G etting back up and running and returning to a sense of normalcy are phrases that have been thrown around since COVID-19 hit. As elective procedures such as colonoscopies began to ramp back up after last year's nationwide shutdown, high-volume GI centers had to take a long look at their practices and protocols in order to maintain efficiency and screening success while also making sure patients felt safe. The pandemic threw them a major curve ball, but their physi- cians and staff quickly pivoted in order to keep scheduling screenings that can save the lives of the more than 100,000 patients who are diag- nosed with colon cancer each year. J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 4 7 Danielle Bouchat-Friedman | Associate Editor Colon Cancer Doesn't Wait for COVID-19 Scheduling colonoscopies during the pandemic requires clear communication, strategic case scheduling and strict safety protocols. CLEAR COMMUNICATION The physicians at the Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition installed acrylic intubation boxes for added protection. Frank Kim Staying current Before COVID-19, physicians at the Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition in Moon Township, Pa., performed approximately 7,500 colonoscopies each year. At the beginning of the pandem- ic, when elective procedures were put on hold and only emer- gent procedures were being per- formed, the facility saw an 80%

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