Editorial

Saline Lavage A Rapid, Safe, Effective Method of Whole‐Gut Irrigation for Bowel Preparation

Authors: COL, CLINT E. CHAMBERS MC, USAF, H. GRAY CARTER MD

Abstract

ABSTRACTThe standard preparation for cleansing the colon usually involves dietary restrictions, purgatives, and enemas. This is time-consuming, often uncomfortable, and at times unsuccessful. This study of 37 patients examines the efficacy of saline lavage as an alternative method for cleansing the bowel. Isotonic sodium chloride solution is pased into the gut via a small nasogastric tube. The flush is continued for about four hours, until clear effluent is passed per anus. There were no significant complications or variations in weight or serum electrolyte values. Patient acceptance was generally excellent. In our opinion, this rapid bowel preparation consistently provided a clean bowel so that both bowel preparation and colonoscopy were accomplished the same day.

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