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Staying Out of the Loop / difficult colonoscopy

by Larissa Biggers, on November 08, 2019

Anyone in involved in colonoscopy knows that applying abdominal pressure is risky business. But just how dangerous is it? An ergonomics expert weighs in …

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Topics:colonoscopynurseendoscopynursingpatientsafe patient handlingendoscopy nursingabdominal pressure colonoscopydifficult colonoscopynurse injurySPHMvideoergonomics

by Larissa Biggers, on May 10, 2019

Colonoscopes are a valuable commodity. Just weeks after $450,000 of scopes were stolen from a Philadelphia hospital, thieves struck again. This time they took two scopes valued at $24,000 each from a nearby medical center. Who knew that these medical devices are a popular black-market item? Scopes for …

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Topics:colonoscopyendoscopylooping in colonoscopydifficult colonoscopyendoscopecolonoscope

by Larissa Biggers, on March 27, 2019

What Is Endoscopy? For those not immersed in the world of gastroenterology (GI), endoscopy refers to nonsurgical procedures that allow a physician to examine the digestive tract. In these procedures, a …

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Topics:colonoscopycolon cancerendoscopysafe patient handlingGI nursinglooping in colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopycolorectal cancerGI injurynurse injuryColoWrapSGNA

by Larissa Biggers, on December 21, 2018

Looping occurs in 90% of all colonoscopies. It is the main cause of patient pain and failed and prolonged procedures. Yet the concept of looping can be hard to grasp …

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Topics:colonoscopynurseendoscopynursingpatientsafe patient handlingendoscopy nursingabdominal pressure colonoscopydifficult colonoscopyinjury endoscopistnurse injuryColoWrap

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. ColoWrap: Can you …

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Topics:colonoscopynurseendoscopynursingpatientsafe patient handlingendoscopy nursingabdominal pressure colonoscopydifficult colonoscopynurse injury

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopyendoscopyscreeninghealthcare costsGI nursingendoscopy nursinglooping in colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopygastroenterologistCRCcolorectal cancertortuous colonhospital costspatient experiencececal intubation timeColoWrap

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 …

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Topics:endocopyadenomaabdominal pressure colonoscopylooping in colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopygastroenterologistCRCcolorectal cancertortuous coloncecal intubation timewithdrawal time

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, …

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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 …

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Topics:colonoscopycolon cancerendoscopylooping in colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopygastroenterologistCRCcolorectal cancertortuous coloninjury endoscopistGI injury

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopygastroenterologistfiberfiber and weight lossfiber and gasfiber and IBStortuous colonfiber and constipationfiber and bloating

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