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

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

The Anatomy of Patient Handling Injuries

Posted by Larissa Biggers on July 19, 2019
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Topics: nurse, nursing, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, patient safety, nurse injury, SPHM

A Good Endoscopy Nurse Is Hard to Find

Posted by Larissa Biggers on July 12, 2019

Employment of registered nurses is expected to increase 15% from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a far faster rate than for any other occupation. The growth will likely be driven by a variety of factors, including the rising number of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, and demand for healthcare services from the baby boom population, who are living longer than previous generations. In the field of endoscopy specifically, RNs will see a job growth rate of 26% by 2022.

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Topics: nurse, endocopy, nursing, healthcare costs, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing

An Invisible Work Hazard Affects GI Staff

Posted by Chad Griepentrog on May 03, 2019

Nurses are often exposed to a number of potential environmental hazards when performing their jobs. On a daily basis, we encounter patients who need our assistance to keep from falling while ambulating, require a helping hand with toileting needs, need an intramuscular injection, or have a dressing that needs changing. All of these tasks, which nurses around the world might perform multiple times during a typical shift, carry an inherit risk that could expose the nurse to injury or infection. Although the majority of us are able to perform these routine nursing duties without a second thought, it only takes one misstep or unusual circumstance to cause harm to the nurse. Unfortunately, when exposures, patient falls, or other incidents occur, they can have long-term physical effects on the nurse/technician.

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Topics: nurse, endoscopy, nursing, patient safety, nurse injury, fluoroscopy, radiation, radiation protection

3 Barriers to SPHM Program Implementation

Posted by Larissa Biggers on April 26, 2019

If you experience frequent pain as a result of performing a specific task, would you keep doing it? Maybe a professional athlete in the last mile of a marathon would—but what about healthcare workers for whom the race is far from over over? Injured runners, even amateurs, are advised to stop running and seek professional help to diagnose and address the pain, determine the cause, and fix the problem. 

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Topics: nurse, nursing, safe patient handling, patient safety, nurse injury, SPHM

Looping in Colonoscopy: A Video on the What, Why, & How

Posted by Larissa Biggers on December 21, 2018

Looping occurs in 90% of all colonoscopies. It is the main cause of patient pain and failed and prolonged procedures. Yet the concept of looping can be hard to grasp and even harder to visualize.

This short video illustrates WHAT looping looks like and WHY it happens.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endoscopy, nursing, patient, safe patient handling, endoscopy nursing, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, difficult colonoscopy, injury endoscopist, nurse injury, ColoWrap

Endoscopy Staff Injury: A Personal Story

Posted by Larissa Biggers on December 14, 2018

Meet Cathy

She’s an endoscopy technician with over 30 years of experience. She loves her job, but not the pain and injuries that come along with it.

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Topics: colonoscopy, nurse, endoscopy, nursing, patient, safe patient handling, endoscopy nursing, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, difficult colonoscopy, nurse injury

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