The aim of this study was to assess the quality of bowel preparation for colonoscopy with standard dose Picolax®(two sachets administered on the day prior to the procedure, as per the manufacturer's instructions) in a large cohort of patients. A retrospective audit was performed of colonoscopies performed at our institution over a 1-year period. Patients were excluded if standard dose Picolax® was not used, if the quality of the bowel preparation was not recorded or if completion of the procedure was not recorded. Of the 619 fully evaluable cases, the quality of the bowel preparation was assessed by the colonoscopist performing the procedure as good in 263 (42.5%), satisfactory in 242 (39.1%) and poor in 114 (18.4%) of the cases. In only 28 (4.5%) cases, poor bowel preparation was the reason cited for an incomplete colonoscopy. There was no difference in the quality of bowel preparation between inpatients and outpatients. In clinical practice, Picolax® is an effective bowel preparation for colonoscopy in the vast majority of cases.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||International Journal of Clinical Practice|
|Publication status||Published - May 2006|
- Bowel preparation
- Sodium picosulfate