Marybeth Spanarkel

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Managing a Difficult Infection

Posted by Marybeth Spanarkel on November 15, 2019

The “difficile” in Clostridium difficile is a French word meaning “difficult.” The name choice was no accident. C. diff, now known as Clostridiodes difficile, is the most common hospital-acquired infection, with 453,000 cases and 29,300 deaths reported annually. Since 2000, there has been a marked increase in the number and severity of cases.

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Topics: nurse, nursing, patient safety, C. diff, C. difficile, infection, CDI

Fiber: Don't Believe the Hype

Posted by Marybeth Spanarkel on August 24, 2018

What do we really know about fiber and colon health? Certainly, if you believe media reports and marketing campaigns, you might think that fiber was the panacea for a wide variety of ailments. Cereals, supplements, and snack bars labeled as “rich in fiber” are touted to be healthy for your colon.

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Topics: colonoscopy, endoscopist, difficult colonoscopy, gastroenterologist, fiber, fiber and weight loss, fiber and gas, fiber and IBS, tortuous colon, fiber and constipation, fiber and bloating

SSA Detection: The Key to Preventing CRC?

Posted by Marybeth Spanarkel on August 17, 2018

 

Observational studies indicate that colonoscopy lowers colorectal cancer (CRC) rates and mortality in the general population. In support of these findings, a large-case control study showed that the procedure can significantly reduce the incidence of CRC and CRC-related mortality. However, colonoscopy may not be optimally effective for right-sided lesions. This might be due, in large part, to sessile serrated adenomas (SSAs).

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Topics: colonoscopy, colon cancer, screening, adenoma, polyp, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopist, gastroenterologist, CRC, colorectal cancer, SSA, serrated sessile adenoma

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