Quality Assurance Bulletin
The surgery center is responsible for ensuring that patients receive the highest quality and safest care while in the facility. Our Clinical Quality Program tracks quality data for all colonoscopies for colorectal cancer screening, to continuously improve patient health outcomes. NASC tracks the most utilized quality indicators for colonoscopy such as completion rates, pre-cancerous (adenoma) detection rates, and withdrawal time. Measuring and reporting clinical and procedural quality can spotlight variation, increase transparency, and motivate internal quality improvement efforts to help consumers make informed healthcare choices.
Clinical guidelines recommend completion rates of >95% for average risk, screening colonoscopies and >90% for all colonoscopies. For ADRs, professional societies, including the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) agree that the benchmark rate should be at least 25% in men and 15% in women. Relatedly, colonoscopy withdrawal time of at least 6 minutes has been accepted as the standard to achieve the target polyp detection rate (PDR) and ADR.
We are proud to disclose that the latest quality data show that all of our NASC Providers have consistently and satisfactorily surpassed these 3 indicators – averaging 100% completion rates, and up to 11.8 minutes for cecal withdrawal time, and 54.5% for ADR.