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Staying Out of the Loop / healthcare costs (2)

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 …

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Topics:endoscopysafe patient handlinghealthcare costspatient safetyGI nursingendoscopy nursingabdominal pressure colonoscopyGI injurynurse injuryhospital costsColoWrapSPHM

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 33 …

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Topics:colonoscopyendoscopyVAVeteranVA SPHMsafe patient handlinghealthcare costspatient safetyabdominal pressure colonoscopynurse injury

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 …

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Topics:endocopynursingpatientVA SPHMsafe patient handlinghealthcare costsabdominal pressure colonoscopylooping in colonoscopynurse injurypatient experienceColoWrapSGNA

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 …

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Topics:colon cancerpatienthealthcare costsCRCcolorectal cancerpatient experiencecancergovernment shutdownfurlough

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 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 …

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Topics:patientsafe patient handlinghealthcare costspatient safetyGI nursingendoscopy nursinglooping in colonoscopynurse injuryhospital costspatient experience

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopycolon cancerscreeningpolyphealthcare costspatient safetyabdominal pain colonoscopybowel prep colonoscopy

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopysafe patient handlinghealthcare costspatient safetyemergency roomER after colonoscopyabdominal pain colonoscopy

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopyVADeep sedationconscious sedationPropofolPropofol for colonoscopyMAC in colonoscopyhealthcare costs


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