SPHM Alphabet Soup

Posted by Larissa Biggers on August 02, 2019
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Topics: VA, VA SPHM, safe patient handling, healthcare costs, endoscopy nursing, nurse injury, SPHM, OSHA, OSHA violation

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

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

VA Leads the Way in Safety

Posted by Larissa Biggers on June 15, 2018


There’s a saying about nurses: Save one life, you’re a hero. Save 100, and you’re a nurse. Nurses are a dedicated bunch, routinely sacrificing their safety for that of their patients. Most have impacted thousands of lives.

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Topics: nurse, endoscopy, nursing, patient, VA, Veteran

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