Quality Metrics in Pediatric Colonoscopy

Continuing the theme from yesterday’s post…

Because of similar research in our group, I was interested in a recent study looking at pediatric colonoscopy quality indicators: CS Pasquarella et al.. JPGN 2019; 68: 648-54. (Editorial: CG Sauer, CM Walsh. JPGN 2019; 607-08.)

The authors analyzed 391 colonoscopies.

Key findings:

  • Ileal intubation rate of 91% (which is similar to our rate)
  • Ileal intubation rate was greater in their endoscopy suite where assistance was readily available.
  • Time for procedure: 34 minutes with staff alone compared to 42 minutes with a fellow trainee participant

To this point, we have not collected data on procedure duration at our institution –though 34 minutes seemed longer than I expected.

The authors also comment on cecal intubation.  I find this statistic to be less useful in pediatrics than adult medicine.  Reaching the cecum is important in cancer screening whereas reaching the ileum is important in identifying cases of inflammatory bowel disease.  The former is the main focus in adult gastroenterology and the latter is the main focus in pediatric gastroenterology.

My take: The editorial notes that “endoscopic providers and users can only know whether high-quality care is being delivered if it is being measured.”  I do think ileal intubation is important but other measures include good prep, low complication rate, appropriate patient selection (eg. good indication), and careful followup. Our work in this area will be presented at our upcoming NASPGHAN meeting–stay tuned.

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