• the scope of things
    Who’s Da Nurse Nursing Image in Disarray By Patricia L. Raymond, MD, FACP, FACG They’re rumpled and disordered,” declares Sandy Dumont. “Loose and limp. Nurses have got to get back into uniform. Then they’ll have power and authority, and be taken more seriously. Scrubs are ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Staffing the Suite
    In their interactions with patients each day, most healthcare workers (HCWs) recognize the vital importance of listening to patients’ needs and concerns and of providing clear information and instructions to them in turn. To understand and be understood during these ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • A Laparoscopic Approach
    As America grows more obese, patients who have tried — and failed — many diets turn to surgery as a last result to lose weight, eliminate comorbidities and increase their lifespans. The number of bariatric surgeries performed each year is staggering — some 80,000 in 2002 ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • The Scope Scare
    News running in the New York Times and posted on CNN.com sent a shiver through the public consciousness when a story was released that North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., may have exposed patients to HIV and hepatitis virus because instruments used for ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Handle With Care
    Scopes are delicate instruments that must be handled with care — but cleaned and disinfected with vigilance. The infection risks associated with both flexible and rigid scopes is a serious issue. Proper cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of these instruments must be ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures
    The Digestive Disease Center (DDC) was established in 1981 within CGH Medical Center, a 125- bed, not-for-profit, municipally owned acute-care hospital in northwestern Illinois. What makes this team special? Simply put, it’s the staff. They bring a wealth of experience and ...More
    August 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Quixtar Adds Nutrilite Stomach Shield to Digestive Health Collection
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Stress, spicy foods, strong beverages, and other irritants can take a toll on your stomach, not to mention the delicate lining that protects it. New Nutrilite® Stomach Shield, available exclusively through Quixtar, is designed to strengthen and guard ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Vanguard Announces Endoscopic Trocar Recycling Program
    LAKELAND, Fla. -- Chuck Masek, chief executive officer of Vanguard Medical Concepts Inc., has announced the launch of the reprocessing company’s endoscopic trocar recycling program. The program is a key component in Vanguard’s commitment to medical and environmental ...More
    July 29, 2004 Posted in News, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Idun Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Study of IDN-6556 in Hepatitis C Virus
    SAN DIEGO -- Idun Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has announced that it has initiated a Phase 2 clinical study of IDN-6556 in patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). The dose-response study will evaluate whether IDN-6556 can decrease the liver damage that occurs from ...More
    July 28, 2004 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Acceptance of Final Visicol® Phase IV Constipation Study Results for Presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology
    InKine Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. today announced that the final results of the company’s Phase IV study of Visicol®’s use in treating patients with constipation will be presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, to be ...More
    July 27, 2004 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures