Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Anesthesiologists and Colonoscopies: A Lesson in Better Physician-Patient Relationships

By Patricia Iyer MSN RN LNCC

(Pat is a legal nurse consultant who provides education to healthcare providers about patient safety. She can be reached at

I went to see a gastroenterologist (Doctor A) because I am due for a colonoscopy. I had a colonoscopy done 4 years ago by a different doctor (Doctor B), and one closer to home. Doctor A wanted to know why I had not returned to Doctor B for this new one. I explained Doctor B and I had not clicked. This is what happened, and it is a good lesson for what not to say or do to a patient. Read More