Just How Risky Is Abdominal Pressure?

Posted 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: colonoscopy, nurse, endoscopy, nursing, patient, safe patient handling, endoscopy nursing, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, difficult colonoscopy, nurse injury, SPHM, video, ergonomics

5 Pointers for Acing Your Joint Commission Survey

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 25, 2019

For those not familiar with the Joint Commission, it is a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies over 22,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. Accreditation and certification are completely voluntary, but entities that pass muster are recognized as prioritizing and delivering high quality patient care in a safe environment.

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

What's Your Risk for Workplace Injury?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on October 18, 2019

Have you ever wondered if the physical tasks you perform at work are safe? In healthcare, for instance, overexertion from repetitive manual patient handling is the primary cause of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) for staff. Because daily duties routinely involve heavy manual lifting, pushing, or pulling, healthcare has the highest rate of MSDs among all industries. And different medical specialties come with different dangers. For instance, endoscopy (GI) staff must worry about the risks of applying abdominal pressure during colonoscopy, especially on obese patients.

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

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

SPHM Alphabet Soup

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 02, 2019
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Topics: VA, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA, OSHA violation

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

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