Colonoscopy clinical care standard indicators: Proportion of patients undergoing a colonoscopy who have their entire colon examined
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Caecal intubation rate|
|Registration status:||Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 11/09/2018|
Proportion of patients undergoing a colonoscopy who have their entire colon examined.
|Indicator set:||Clinical care standard indicators: colonoscopy Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 11/09/2018|
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age from:|
50 years or older
For the numerator, the 'entire colon examined’ means that the entire length of the colon has been visualised, including the caecum and/or terminal ileum. For the patient to be counted as having their entire colon examined, photographic documentation of caecal intubation should be obtained. Satisfactory evidence the entire colon has been examined is considered to be:
The Gastroenterological Society of Australia's website (GESA 2018) provides examples of what is considered sufficient or insufficient as photographic evidence.
This indicator excludes patients with severe colitis, impassable stricture(s), and incomplete colons due to previous resection(s).
Presented as a percentage.
(Numerator ÷ Denominator) x 100
The number of patients undergoing colonoscopy who had their entire colon examined.
The number of patients undergoing colonoscopy.
|Unit of measure:||Service event|
Source and reference attributes
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
GESA (Gastroenterological Society of Australia) 2018. Colonoscopy Recertification Program Image Guidelines. Melbourne: GESA. Viewed 31 May 2018, http://recert.gesa.org.au/imageGuidelines.php.