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Staying Out of the Loop / looping in colonoscopy

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 …

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Topics:colonoscopynurseendoscopynursingsafe patient handlingpatient safetyGI nursingendoscopy nursinglooping in colonoscopyendoscopistinjury endoscopistnurse injuryendoscopeOSHAendoscopy tech

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 again. This 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? Scopes for …

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Topics:colonoscopyendoscopylooping in colonoscopydifficult colonoscopyendoscopecolonoscope

by Larissa Biggers, on March 27, 2019

What Is Endoscopy? For those not immersed in the world of gastroenterology (GI), endoscopy refers to nonsurgical procedures that allow a physician to examine the digestive tract. In these procedures, a …

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Topics:colonoscopycolon cancerendoscopysafe patient handlingGI nursinglooping in colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopycolorectal cancerGI injurynurse injuryColoWrapSGNA

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 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 October 26, 2018

Research consistently shows that the adenoma detection rate (ADR) is higher the more time spent withdrawing the scope. In fact, a presentation at the 2018 meeting of the American College of …

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Topics:endocopyadenomaabdominal pressure colonoscopylooping in colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopygastroenterologistCRCcolorectal cancertortuous coloncecal intubation timewithdrawal time

by Larissa Biggers, on October 19, 2018

All physicians want to provide superior care for their patients, but practicing medicine today can be complicated. In the last decade, doctors have been tasked with navigating new technologies, government mandates, …

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Topics:endocopyscreeningadenomasafe patient hadlingabdominal pressure colonoscopylooping in colonoscopybowel prep colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopygastroenterologistCRCcolorectal cancertortuous coloninjury endoscopistGI injurynurse injurypatient experiencewomen in GI

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 31, 2018

The safety and comfort of patients undergoing colonoscopy is of paramount importance to hospitals, providers, and of course, the patients themselves. But what about the physicians performing the procedure? It might be news to those outside the …

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Topics:colonoscopycolon cancerendoscopylooping in colonoscopyendoscopistdifficult colonoscopygastroenterologistCRCcolorectal cancertortuous coloninjury endoscopistGI injury

by Marybeth Spanarkel, on August 17, 2018

Observational studies indicate that colonoscopy lowers colorectal cancer (CRC) rates and mortality in the general population. In support of these findings, a large-case control study showed that the procedure can significantly …

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Topics:colonoscopycolon cancerscreeningadenomapolyplooping in colonoscopyendoscopistgastroenterologistCRCcolorectal cancerSSAserrated sessile adenoma

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