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Getting Personal: My Patient Experience #6

Posted Jul 25 2013 12:00am

Those of you who have turned 50 years of age know what happens... you see your physician for your annual visit and they recommend a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer .  My cousin didn't live long enough to join me in reaching this milestone this summer.  Sadly, he died of colon cancer last year ... at the age of 49.

I had my colonoscopy yesterday and thought about Keith, just 10 days younger that I.  My pitch today is to talk to your physician and get your screening when it is recommended.  Information on prevention, early detection is available from the American Cancer Society  and National Cancer Institute.

My experience at the center was excellent ... from the nurses and the physician.  I can't say enough.  The clunky part of the process was getting the instructions via mail, completing the paper form and getting the check-in phone call the evening before.

Nurses, when you call and ask the question of whether the patient has any questions, please wait for the answer before proceeding to the next question on your list.  This rush to move through your list shuts down communication from the patient and may mean that something important is over looked that could impact patient safety or result in a cancellation (ie. no billings for that time slot.)

The worst part is absolutely drinking the liquid to cleanse your colon.  But, consider the alternative.

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