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    Complication Rates for Colonoscopy

    Overall Rates
    Published data from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy/American College of Gastroenterology Taskforce on Quality in Endoscopy (1) show that post-colonoscopy bleeding should fall below 1% and perforation below 0.32% for an overall rate of 1.32%.

    Our data for three consecutive years (2009 to 2011) indicate that overall, PAMF fell well below these thresholds at 0.11% to 0.17% (Figure 9).

    FIGURE 9
    PERCENT OF COLONOSCOPIES WITH COMPLICATIONS
    VS. PUBLISHED DATA (2009-2011)

    Figure represents a comparison of PAMF data for 2009 to 2011 to published data from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy/American College of Gastroenterology Taskforce of 1.32% on Quality in Endoscopy showing PAMF percentage of colonoscopies with complications being well below the thresolds at 0.11% to 0.17%

    Perforation Rates
    Compared with the threshold 0.32%, perforations occurred in 0.02% of PAMF patients from 2009 to 2011 (Figure 10).

    FIGURE 10
    PERCENT OF COLONOSCOPIES WITH PERFORATION COMPLICATIONS VS. PUBLISHED DATA (2009-2011)

    Figure represents a comparison of PAMF data for 2009 to 2011 to published data from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy/American College of Gastroenterology Taskforce of .32% perforations occurred vs. .02% of PAMF patients.


    Bleeding Rates
    Compared with the threshold 1%, bleeding occurred in 0.09% of PAMF patients from 2009 to 2011 (Figure 11). PAMF patients can be confident that the risks of complications for their GI procedures are low.

    FIGURE 11
    PERCENT OF COLONOSCOPIES WITH BLEEDING COMPLICATIONS VS. PUBLISHED DATA (2009-2011)

    Figure represents a comparison of PAMF data for 2009 to 2011 to published data from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy/American College of Gastroenterology Taskforce of 1.00% with bleeding complications vs. .09% of PAMF patients.