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

Endoscopy Nurses & Technicians: Keys to Colonoscopy Success

Posted 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 flexible tube with a small light and camera attached (an endoscope) is inserted into the mouth or the rectum. Physicians can then inspect, take pictures, and perform therapies like removing polyps and taking biopsies. The two most common endoscopic procedures are 1) upper endoscopy, which looks at the first part of the small intestine and 2) colonoscopy, which examines the lower intestine (colon). 

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Topics: colonoscopy, colon cancer, endoscopy, safe patient handling, GI nursing, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopist, difficult colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, GI injury, nurse injury, ColoWrap, SGNA

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

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

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

What Is a Difficult Colonoscopy?

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 10, 2018

 

The Definition of “Difficult”

A difficult colonoscopy is one “in which the endoscopist has trouble getting through the entire colon or fails to do so,” said Dr. Jerome Waye, in an interview with the journal Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Difficult colonoscopies are problematic because they can result in longer-than-expected procedure times, incomplete procedures, and higher risks.

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Topics: colonoscopy, safe patient handling, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopist, difficult colonoscopy, gastroenterologist

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

Safe Patient Handling: There's an App for That

Posted by Larissa Biggers on July 06, 2018

Preventing staff injury and ensuring patient safety are paramount to healthcare system success and positive patient outcomes. But in the moment (i.e., when face-to-face with a patient who needs assistance) determining if and how to handle a patient can be challenging.

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Topics: SPHM app, VA SPHM, VA Safe Patient Handling App, safe patient handling app, safe patient handling

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