78% Free of Pain
How Can Olympus Technology Help?
Olympus technologies have been evaluated in clinical studies on their ability to significantly reduce patient pain during colonoscopy.
ScopeGuide and Variable Stiffness were proven to be able to reduce sedation levels and patient pain scores.
31,36 Using the ultra-thin pediatric colonoscope with Passive Bending and High Force Transmission, sedation levels were shown to be significantly lower compared to standard colonoscopes.
Combined use of colonoscopes with Responsive Insertion Technology and ScopeGuide may help to decrease the use of sedative drugs while improving patient comfort.
Many patients request sedation because of anxiety and concerns about the procedure. Pain during insertion may occur if the anatomy is difficult and loops become likely to occur.
Sedation is used routinely in various countries, especially if guidelines allow the application by nurses. Studies show that sedation may increase patient satisfaction.
What issues exist with sedation?
Sedation in colonoscopy is, in general, safe. Usual side effects reported are nausea, headache, and hypoxemia.
However, sedation also represents significant cost and prohibits a direct communication with the patient, making it difficult to perform patient position changes to optimize cecal intubation and adenoma detection rate. 35