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Archive >  August, 2014 XV, No. 8

Ideas That Work: Colonoscopy Prep

Keys to a Proper Prep

ziploc bag with colonoscopy prep FOOLPROOF Give patients a Ziploc bag with everything they need to take before their colonoscopies.

COLONOSCOPY PREP
Keys to a Proper Prep

Want to help patients scheduled for colonoscopies arrive properly “cleansed?” We broke patients’ prep directions down into a more simple-to-follow kit and detailed schedule. We also assemble a kit in a gallon Ziploc bag containing 2 bottles of magnesium citrate, 4 Dulcolax tablets and a 238mg container of Miralax. We include specific, word-for-word directions in steps on when to take each product over several days of preparation. Photos of each product and a calendar also help patients remember what to take and when. After providing the kits for a little more than a year, we’ve seen a drop in phone calls to our office from confused patients.

Melanie Hall, LPN
Mountain States Medical Group General Surgery
Elizabethton, Tenn.
hallmj@msha.com

ON THE WEB

Download Mountain States Medical Group’s Colonoscopy Prep Fact Sheet at outpatientsurgery.net/forms.

 
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