Endoscopy Unit Wish List

Posted by Larissa Biggers on September 06, 2019

“What's one thing you wish you had in your [GI] lab, or one thing you couldn't live without that you currently have?” This attention-grabbing question was posted recently on an SGNA discussion board.

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Topics: nurse, endoscopy, nursing, safe patient handling, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, SGNA, SPHM, endoscopy tech, scope reprocessing

Nursing CEUs: What You Need to Know

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 30, 2019

Nursing is a physically and mentally demanding profession. At the end of the day, nurses deserve a break, but for the sake of your career and patients, it’s important to stay current on patient care skills, industry changes, and nursing technique and practices. The principal way to accomplish this is through continuing education (CE).

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Topics: nurse, endoscopy, nursing, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, CEU, CE, continuing education

Endoscopy Nursing: An Olympic Event

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 23, 2019

A recent article in Endoscopy International raises the question, “Should the endoscopist be considered and trained like an athlete?” Although those outside the field of endoscopy might not immediately see the connection, because of the physical nature of a gastroenterologist’s job, the issue is an important one. And given the fact that one out of every two endoscopy staff will eventually suffer a work-related musculoskeletal (MSK) injury, the same question should be asked of nurses and nursing assistants.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endoscopy, nursing, safe patient handling, patient safety, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopist, injury endoscopist, nurse injury, endoscope, OSHA, endoscopy tech

Staying Safe during Scope Reprocessing

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 16, 2019

The 2018 list of top 10 health technology hazards ranks the "failure to consistently and effectively reprocess flexible endoscopes" as #2. It may seem surprising, but when scopes are not thoroughly cleaned, dried, and stored, they can harbor Pseudomonas (associated with sepsis), salmonella, E. coli, and worse. These microorganisms can then be passed to patients undergoing an endoscopic procedure, like a colonoscopy, and to staff handling the scopes before, during, and after the case.

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Topics: nurse, endocopy, endoscopy, nursing, patient safety, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, endoscope, OSHA, endoscopy tech, scope reprocessing

Staff Safety and Morale: The Link is Clear

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 09, 2019

To attract and retain employees, some businesses offer perks ranging from on-site yoga to monthly karaoke parties. But once the novelty of these benefits wears off, do they really boost morale? Do employees really feel that the company understands their needs? Are the investments genuine? While some employees do appreciate such services, most would rather know that that their organization truly cares about them as individuals.

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Topics: nurse, endocopy, endoscopy, nursing, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA

Endoscopy Staff Injury: Assessing Risks vs. Assessing Damage

Posted by Larissa Biggers on July 25, 2019

For years the American Medical Association has urged individuals to assess their risk for pre-diabetes; by being aware of their status or this pervasive disease, they can head off problems before they become serious. And the AMA does not stop there. It urges employers to encourage their workers to complete the health assessment, asserting that diabetes prevention is “good for business.”

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Topics: nurse, endocopy, endoscopy, nursing, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, GI injury, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA

The Ergonomics of Colonoscopy

Posted by Larissa Biggers on June 21, 2019
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Topics: colonoscopy, endoscopy, safe patient handling, patient safety, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, SPHM, endoscopy tech

5 Indirect Costs of Endoscopy Staff Injury: #1 Presenteeism

Posted by Larissa Biggers on May 17, 2019

This blog series explores five indirect costs stemming from endoscopy staff injury and their real-life implications on GI units. Installment #1 covers presenteeism, which occurs when an employee is physically at work but because of pain, injury, illness, or other medical conditions, is not performing adequately.

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Topics: endoscopy, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, patient safety, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, GI injury, nurse injury, hospital costs, ColoWrap, SPHM

Endoscopes: Handle with Care!

Posted 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 againThis 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?

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Topics: colonoscopy, endoscopy, looping in colonoscopy, difficult colonoscopy, endoscope, colonoscope

An Invisible Work Hazard Affects GI Staff

Posted by Chad Griepentrog on May 03, 2019

Nurses are often exposed to a number of potential environmental hazards when performing their jobs. On a daily basis, we encounter patients who need our assistance to keep from falling while ambulating, require a helping hand with toileting needs, need an intramuscular injection, or have a dressing that needs changing. All of these tasks, which nurses around the world might perform multiple times during a typical shift, carry an inherit risk that could expose the nurse to injury or infection. Although the majority of us are able to perform these routine nursing duties without a second thought, it only takes one misstep or unusual circumstance to cause harm to the nurse. Unfortunately, when exposures, patient falls, or other incidents occur, they can have long-term physical effects on the nurse/technician.

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Topics: nurse, endoscopy, nursing, patient safety, nurse injury, fluoroscopy, radiation, radiation protection

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