Table 1

Learning outcomes for capsule endoscopy courses

Learning outcomeContentTrainee group
Technology
Knowledge and competent handling of the video capsule system, software functionality and accessories
Technical specifications, performance characteristics of system components:
Video capsules
Sensor array/wearable antennas, data recorder, real-time viewing, workstation and software and
network application
Patency capsule and scanner
  1. VC endoscopist

  2. Nursing staff performing procedure

Assessment and consent
Appropriately assess, select and consent patients for procedure, identify risk, recognise and manage special needs
Indications, fields of application and alternatives
Absolute and relative contraindications
Capsule retention and risk reduction strategies
Special needs requiring modification of the procedure including the critically ill, swallowing disorders and impaired gastrointestinal motility
Endoscopic placement
Consent issues
  1. VC endoscopist

Procedure
Understand requirements for preparation and perform procedure (video capsule and patency)
Patient preparation: Dietary/fasting, bowel purgatives, prokinetics, antifoaming agent
Management of comorbidity
Video capsule procedure, video download
Patency capsule procedure
Complications
Patient discharge
  1. VC endoscopist

  2. Nursing staff performing procedure

(Pre) Reading
Navigate software to read videos, recognise a normal study, highlight pathology and save
Software functionality
Practical methods of reading and image analysis
Anatomical landmarks, variants of normal
  1. VC endoscopist

  2. Reader extender

Diagnosis and reportingInterprets normal and abnormal findings. Accurately documents findings including clinical relevance with integration of findings into management plans
Reports components in VCE standard terminology
Recommendation to direct patient management
  1. VC endoscopist

  2. Reader extender

  • VC, video capsule; VCE, video capsule endoscopy.