Is Safe Patient Handling on Your Radar?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on April 05, 2019

When asked to identify dangerous occupations, most people would not rank healthcare workers high on their lists. Yet the healthcare industry records 6.4 injuries per 100 workers compared with 3.3 per 100 workers for all other industries combined, including professions like firefighters and construction workers. In addition, as many as 50% of injuries may go unreported by healthcare workers.

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Topics: colonoscopy, endoscopy, VA, Veteran, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, patient safety, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, nurse injury

The International Journal of SPHM Highlights Endoscopy Nurse Injuries

Posted by Larissa Biggers on February 01, 2019

An article in the latest issue of The International Journal of SPHM (Safe Patient Handling and Mobility) investigates a significant but rarely publicized problem—musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among endoscopy nurses and technicians. “Endoscopy Staff Injury: A Serious Problem Hiding in Plain Sight” provides specifics on the extent, nature, and root causes of endoscopy staff MSDs and includes data compiled from various studies.

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Topics: endocopy, nursing, patient, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, looping in colonoscopy, nurse injury, patient experience, ColoWrap, SGNA

Cancer Treatment Shut Down

Posted by Larissa Biggers on January 24, 2019

There is no doubt that the partial government shutdown, the longest in US history, is having a detrimental effect on the 800,000 Federal government employees and their families. In response to the crisis, some furloughed workers have gone to extreme measures; thousands have created GoFundMe pages to help pay for necessities like food, childcare, and medicine.

Put yourself in their shoes. Now imagine that you have cancer.

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Topics: colon cancer, patient, healthcare costs, CRC, colorectal cancer, patient experience, cancer, government shutdown, furlough

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: colonoscopy, endoscopy, screening, healthcare costs, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopist, difficult colonoscopy, gastroenterologist, CRC, colorectal cancer, tortuous colon, hospital costs, patient experience, cecal intubation time, ColoWrap

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: patient, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, patient safety, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, looping in colonoscopy, 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, colon cancer, screening, polyp, healthcare costs, patient safety, abdominal pain colonoscopy, 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 outcomes.

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

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