Endoscopy Staff Injury: A Personal Story

Posted by Larissa Biggers on December 14, 2018

Meet Cathy

She’s an endoscopy technician with over 30 years of experience. She loves her job, but not the pain and injuries that come along with it.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse injury, difficult colonoscopy, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, endoscopy nursing, safe patient handling, patient, nursing, endoscopy, nurse

Lynch Syndrome: Testing Should Be Mandatory

Posted by Larissa Biggers on December 07, 2018

Lynch syndrome is one of the most common hereditary cancer syndromes and the most common cause of inherited colorectal cancer (CRC) in the Unites States. An estimated one out of every 300 people could be a carrier. Given these statistics, it would seem that if testing is readily available (it is) and affordable (it is), it should be routinely performed (it isn’t).

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Topics: colonoscopy, colon cancer, cancer, inherited, LS, Lynch syndrome, CRC, colorectal cancer, gastroenterologist

A Brief History of Colonoscopy

Posted by Larissa Biggers on November 30, 2018
 
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Topics: colorectal cancer, CRC, colonoscopy, screening, cecal intubation time, gastroenterologist, GI nursing, endoscopy, ADR, endoscopist

Table Talk That Might Save Your Life

Posted by Larissa Biggers on November 20, 2018

Beginning in 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General designated Thanksgiving National Family Health History Day. What does that mean for you? It’s pretty simple; as you gather with your relatives for the holiday, whether in person or virtually, take time talk about and document health problems that run in your family. (Note that although this blog post focuses on gathering information related to colorectal cancer [CRC], the guidelines apply to any health condition, from diabetes to breast cancer.)

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Topics: colorectal cancer, CRC, colonoscopy, screening, adenoma, polyp

Increasing Endoscopy Unit Efficiency: It’s Time to Take Control

Posted by Larissa Biggers on November 16, 2018

Waiting is hating

Americans hate to wait, whether it’s for food, Internet connectivity, or a green light. So it should come as no surprise that the more time patients spend waiting to see a physician, the more dissatisfied they are. What might be surprising is that longer wait times have a negative impact on other, potentially more consequential aspects of the patient experience, specifically patients’ confidence in their physician and how they perceive their quality of care.

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Topics: colorectal cancer, CRC, colonoscopy, screening, ColoWrap, cecal intubation time, patient experience, hospital costs, tortuous colon, gastroenterologist, endoscopy nursing, GI nursing, endoscopist, looping in colonoscopy, healthcare costs, difficult colonoscopy, endoscopy

New Study Shows ColoWrap Increases Adenoma, SSP Detection

Posted by Larissa Biggers on November 09, 2018

A recently published study in Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research found that use of ColoWrap significantly enhanced adenoma detection in obese patients, females, and patients 60 and older. In addition, ColoWrap was associated with increased polyp and sessile serrated polyp (SSP) detection in the cecum and ascending colon across all patients in the study. These findings provide substantial additional support for the utility of ColoWrap as a tool to improve colonoscopy quality, particularly for patients at-risk for a difficult colonoscopy due to a tortuous, redundant colon or body habitus.

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Topics: colorectal cancer, CRC, colonoscopy, screening, ADR, adenoma, SSA, SSP, sessile serrated polyp, ColoWrap

A Colonoscopy Saved Big Stace's Life

Posted by Stacy Hurt on November 02, 2018

“It’s probably IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or internal hemorrhoids, but let’s get a colonoscopy just to be sure,” my physician said. It wasn’t IBS or internal hemorrhoids.  It was stage IV colorectal cancer that had metastasized to 27 places in my body. It was the last thing anyone ever expected for a health-conscious, young, athletic woman with no family history. Thank goodness my PCP took this step, or else I would be dead. 

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Topics: colorectal cancer, CRC, Colon Cancer Coalition, GYRIG, Get Your Rear in Gear, Stacy Hurt, Sarah DeBord, Greg Simon, colonoscopy, Biden Cancer Initiative, screening

Colonoscopy Quality Measures: Withdrawal Time & ADR

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 26, 2018

Research consistently shows that the adenoma detection rate (ADR) is higher the more time spent withdrawing the scope. In fact, a presentation at the 2018 meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology indicated a significantly higher adenoma detection rate when the withdrawal time in the right colon was greater than three minutes. The reverse is true as well; in a review of 76,810 screening colonoscopies, faster withdrawal times were independently associated with lower ADRs.

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Topics: gastroenterologist, colorectal cancer, CRC, endoscopist, adenoma, endocopy, tortuous colon, difficult colonoscopy, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, looping in colonoscopy, cecal intubation time, withdrawal time

Physician Spotlight: Dr. Sandi Fields

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 19, 2018

 

 All physicians want to provide superior care for their patients, but practicing medicine today can be complicated. In the last decade, doctors have been tasked with navigating new technologies, government mandates, and payment guidelines, all of which can detract from caring for patients.

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Topics: gastroenterologist, colorectal cancer, CRC, endoscopist, adenoma, endocopy, women in GI, patient experience, nurse injury, GI injury, injury endoscopist, tortuous colon, difficult colonoscopy, bowel prep colonoscopy, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, looping in colonoscopy, safe patient hadling, screening

ACG 2018: Three People to Follow

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 12, 2018

I attended ACG 2018 to represent my company whose mission is to make colonoscopy easier, safer, and more effective . I am also the daughter of a Stage IV colon cancer survivor and watched as my father underwent chemo, numerous surgeries, and immeasurable mental and physical stress. Both professionally and personally, promoting colonoscopy is high on my priority list. It is through these lenses that I experienced the conference.

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Topics: gastroenterologist, colorectal cancer, CRC, endoscopist, adenoma, endocopy, ACG 2018, ACG 2018 Annual Conference, #ACG2018, GYRIG, Healio

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