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

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

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