• Motility Disorders
    List of disorders: *Achalasia*Barrett's Syndrome*Biliary dyskinesia*Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIP)*Colonic inertia*Constipation*Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS)*Diarrhea*Diffuse esophageal spasm (DES)*Dumping syndrome*Dyspepsia*Dysphagia*Encopresis*Fecal ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disorders
  • Patients,Not “Customers”
    Since the 1960’s, about the time President Kennedy unveiled his “Consumer Bill of Rights,” the idea of being a “customer” has been sacred in America. But it’s time to abandon our faith in the power of consumerism. The United States has become such a culture of consumption ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • ERCP Inventory Management
    INVENTORY MANAGEMENT is always a challenge for healthcare workers. How do we, as leaders, help our staff become more aware of supply costs while teaching them to be conservative in the use of them? These were questions I asked myself, when during a single ERCP, my entire ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Endoscopy Unit Demonstrates Best Practices
    The Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) is located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The endoscopy department is staffed by six registered nurses (RNs), one health technician, and eight gastroenterologists. “This hospital serves patients from ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • GI Suite Development
    Whether a new gastroenterology (GI) suite is built from scratch or undergoes an extensive upgrade, the options are many. New, high-tech equipment and computerized patient records can be costly in terms of money, but lucrative in terms of results. However, the process of ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Capital Equipment Purchasing
    When it becomes time to purchase costly equipment for an endoscopy or gastroenterology (GI) unit, the considerations are many. What are the best practices for selecting and purchasing capital equipment for these departments? What options are available for cash-strapped ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Innovations
    Sierra Scientific Instruments The ManoScan 360™ Motility Visualization System (MVS) simplifies clinical procedures and yields rapid, accurate reports. A 36-element high-resolution sensing for optimal diagnostic acuity automatically captures all relevant motor function from ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Patients, Not “Customers”
    Patients, Not “Customers” By James G. Hutton, PhD Since the 1960’s, about the time President Kennedy unveiled his “Consumer Bill of Rights,” the idea of being a “customer” has been sacred in America. But it’s time to abandon our faith in the power of consumerism. The United ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Briefs
    By Dolly Ahles and Kathy Dix Use of Gastric Acid-Suppressive Agents Linked With Diarrhea Infection Use of gastric acid-suppressive therapy, particularly proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), is associated with an increased risk for an infection that is a significant cause of ...More
    February 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • FDA Approves Cangene's Anti-Hepatitis B Product
    TORONTO and WINNIPEG -- Cangene announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Cangene's HepaGam B™ for treatment following acute exposure to hepatitis B virus. HepaGam B is Cangene's hepatitis B immune globulin (human), a purified antibody or ...More
    January 31, 2006 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues