ACG 2018: Get the App and Get Organized

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 03, 2018

Sure you can plan for and participate in American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2018 by printing out and marking up the program, but why not make it easier on yourself? The ACG 2018 Meeting app is included in your registration fees. Once you register for the conference, you will receive an email with your login information and instructions for accessing the app. If you don’t get this email or if you have questions, you can contact tech support, and they will promptly help you out (I speak from experience). Before or after the meeting, you can call 877-426‐6323, or send an email to During  the conference, you can visit a help desk in the registration area to address any issues you might have.

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Topics: gastroenterologist, ACG 2018, ACG 2018 Annual Conference, #ACG2018, app, networking

ACG 2018: A Colonoscopy-Centric Agenda

Posted by Larissa Biggers on September 28, 2018

A mainstay U.S. gastroenterology event is set to take place October 5 through 10 in Philadelphia, PA: the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting & Postgraduate Course. The agenda is jam-packed with worthwhile lectures, poster presentations, hands-on workshops, plus an exhibition hall full hundreds of vendors. The choices can be overwhelming, ranging from a roundtable discussion on how to get published to a lunch session on the endoscopic treatment of patients with pancreatobiliary cancers.

For those interested in educational and networking opportunities specific to colonoscopy and colorectal cancer (CRC), the sample agenda below should come in handy.

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

Unsedated Colonoscopy: Surely You Jest

Posted by Larissa Biggers on September 21, 2018

Why would you have a sedation-free colonoscopy, when the norm is sleeping through the procedure and having no recollection of it?

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Topics: gastroenterologist, patient experience, hospital costs, colorectal cancer, CRC, endoscopist, endoscopy nursing, GI nursing, patient safety, Propofol for colonoscopy, Deep sedation, Propofol, polyp, adenoma, screening, patient, endocopy, nurse

Female Gastroenterologists: Underpaid, Under-Represented

Posted by Larissa Biggers on September 14, 2018

One physician’s response to a Dallas Medical Journal survey has evoked angry retorts and refueled discussion about inequities between male and female physicians. Dallas County Medical Society members were asked if there was a pay gap between male and female physicians, and if so, how it could be remedied.

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Topics: gastroenterologist, women in GI, female gastroenterologist, pay gap, gender inequity

Nurse Injuries Hurt Patients & Hospitals

Posted by Larissa Biggers on September 07, 2018

Nurses who handle patients on a regular basis are likely to get injured, sooner or later. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing has the highest rate of nonfatal occupational injuries of any profession, (yes, even higher than construction workers or factory employees), and an American Nursing Association survey revealed that 62 percent of nurses indicated that the risk of developing a disabling musculoskeletal disorder was a top health and safety concern.

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Topics: endoscopy nursing, GI nursing, looping in colonoscopy, healthcare costs, patient safety, safe patient handling, patient, nurse injury, hospital costs, patient experience

Injury in Endoscopists: Scope at Your Own Risk

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 31, 2018

The safety and comfort of patients undergoing colonoscopy is of paramount importance to hospitals, providers, and of course, the patients themselves. But what about the physicians performing the procedure? It might be news to those outside the field, but gastroenterologists are commonly injured on the job. A review of current literature found that musculoskeletal complaints are extremely common among GIs; the incidence of pain and injuries ranges from 29% up to 89%. Another study indicated that 45% of endoscopists undergo physical therapy to combat pain, 26.8% get steroid injections, and 13.3% require surgery.

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Topics: colonoscopy, difficult colonoscopy, endoscopist, gastroenterologist, tortuous colon, colorectal cancer, CRC, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopy, colon cancer, injury endoscopist, GI injury

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

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

What Is a Difficult Colonoscopy?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 10, 2018


The Definition of “Difficult”

A difficult colonoscopy is one “in which the endoscopist has trouble getting through the entire colon or fails to do so,” said Dr. Jerome Waye, in an interview with the journal Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Difficult colonoscopies are problematic because they can result in longer-than-expected procedure times, incomplete procedures, and higher risks.

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Topics: colonoscopy, difficult colonoscopy, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, safe patient handling, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopist, gastroenterologist

Barriers to Colonoscopy

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 03, 2018

If Colonoscopy Is the Gold Standard, Why Is Compliance So Low?

In 2018, 50,630 people in the United States will die of colorectal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. It is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in this country.

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Topics: colonoscopy, abdominal pain colonoscopy, patient safety, healthcare costs, polyp, screening, colon cancer, bowel prep colonoscopy

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