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Table 1 Summary of response to questions related to safety aspects of hysteroscopy

From: Safety aspects of hysteroscopy, specifically in relation to entry and specimen retrieval: a UK survey of practice

Questions Response Number (percentage)
Consultants Senior registrar Junior registrar Clinical nurse specialist Total
Do you carry out a vaginal examination before hysteroscopy? Always 83 (59.3) 31 (86.1) 16 (88.9) 6 (33.3) 136 (64.2)
Never 7 (5) 1 (2.8) 0 2 (11.1) 10 (4.7)
Sometimes 50 (35.7) 4 (11.1) 2 (11.1) 10 (55.6) 66 (31.1)
Do you Sound the uterus before inserting the hysteroscope? Always 15 (10.7) 2 (5.6) 4 (22.2) 1 (5.6) 22 (10.4)
Never 77 (55) 20 (55.6) 8 (44.4) 13 (72.2) 118 (55.7)
Sometimes 48 (34.3) 14 (38.9) 6 (33.3) 4 (22.2) 72 (34)
Do you dilate before inserting the hysteroscope? Always 7 (5) 3 (8.3) 1 (5.6) 0 11 (5.2)
Never 36 (25.7) 8 (22.2) 1 (5.6) 3 (16.7) 48 (22.6)
Sometimes 97 (69.3) 25 (69.4) 16 (88.9) 15 (83.3) 153 (72.2)
Following collection of specimen, do you carry out post-procedure cavity check? Always 63 (45) 7 (19.4) 4 (22.2) 2 (11.1) 76 (35.8)
Never 12 (8.6) 4 (11.1) 2 (11.1) 9 (50) 27 (12.7)
Sometimes 65 (46.4) 25 (69.4) 12 (66.7) 7 (38.9) 109 (51.4)
When carrying out post-procedure cavity check, do you use suction to flush the cavity? Always 16 (11.4) 2 (5.6) 1 (5.6) 0 19 (9)
Never 84 (60) 22 (61.1) 13 (72.2) 17 (94.4) 136 (64.2)
Sometimes 40 (28.6) 12 (33.3) 4 (22.2) 1 (5.) 57 (26.9)
  1. N = 212, with percentages in brackets. Grades of candidates are divided up in the columns