Published online Oct 16, 2013. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v5.i10.502
Revised: August 13, 2013
Accepted: August 20, 2013
Published online: October 16, 2013
Core tip: About 220 consecutive outpatients undergoing colonoscopy under sedation were enrolled to investigate whether the Post-Anaesthetic Discharge Scoring System (PADSS) is a safe clinical assessment for earlier patient discharge after colonoscopy. The patients were assigned to two groups: in Control-group (110 subjects) discharge decision was based on the clinical assessment; in PADSS-group (110 subjects) discharge decision was based on the modified PADSS. Recovery from sedation was faster in PADSS-group than in Control-group (58.75 min vs 95.14 min, P < 0.001). Recovery time resulted shorter than 60 min in 39 patients in PADSS-group (37.5%), and in no patient in Control-group (P < 0.001).