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

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

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

Post-Colonoscopy ER Visits 4X More Likely Than Gastroenterologists Think

Posted by Larissa Biggers on July 20, 2018

Part of what makes colonoscopy the gold standard for colon cancer screening is its safety profile. The risk of serious complications is low (perforations and post-procedure bleeding occur in only 0.05% and 0.3% of colonoscopies, respectively). Yet according to a study out of Yale, a far larger percentage of patients return to the emergency room (ER) within seven days of colonoscopy, with far-reaching impacts on cost and patient satisfaction.

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Topics: colonoscopy, healthcare costs, safe patient handling, patient safety, emergency room, ER after colonoscopy, abdominal pain colonoscopy

Propofol Use in Routine Colonoscopy: Better Care or Better Bottom Line?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on July 13, 2018

What’s driving Propofol use for colonoscopy, better patient care or a better bottom line?

Just 10 years ago, moderate sedation—a combination of short-acting anxiety and pain medications administered by a gastroenterologist—was used in more than 80% of all colonoscopies in the U.S. Yet over the past decade, the use of deep sedation (aka, MAC) has risen sharply.  A recent study of over 6.6 million patients undergoing GI procedures found that by 2010, 33.7% of Medicare patients and 38.3% of commercially insured patients received MAC for their colonoscopy. By 2013, these figures had risen to 47.6% and 53.0%, respectively. And today those numbers are even higher.

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Topics: VA, colonoscopy, Propofol, Propofol for colonoscopy, Deep sedation, conscious sedation, MAC in colonoscopy, healthcare costs

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