Ride Home After Colonoscopy

Last Modified: March 24, 2011

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Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

Are there programs for people who need transportation home following a colonoscopy?

Answer

Carmen E. Guerra, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn Medicine, responds:

Since a mild sedative is given to patients who undergo colonoscopy, having an escort to take a patient home after colonoscopy is necessary for a safe discharge. There is a company that has worked with the University of Pennsylvania Health System to provide transportation services to patients following procedures such as colonoscopy. This company is called Home Instead Senior Care and, for a fee, can provide a trained escort to pick up the patient from the recovery room and escort the patient home safely. The company is located in Philadelphia and can be found on the web at homeinstead.com or by calling 866-996-1087.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View entire transcript from Advances in Colorectal Cancer Screening.


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