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  • Keeping Employees Healthy: The Far-Reaching Effects ofOccupational Health
    Objectives: 1. To identify the components of an injury-illness prevention program. 2. To describe the selected hazards found in the workplace. 3. To state methods designed to prevent workplace injury and illness. It is estimated that more than 8 million people are ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Challenges with Endoscopic Instruments
    The tragic deaths in late 2001 of two patients who developed fatal pneumonia after being examined with a contaminated bronchoscope underscore once again the critical importance of proper cleaning and terminal processing of instruments. Infection control practitioners have ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Women's Wellness
    Bathroom behavior is rarely a comfortable topic of conversation. Yet a gastroenterologist in Virginia is working diligently to provide a knowledgeable ear for those women interested in speaking about their digestive woes. "I think GI illness is one of those things that ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Colorectal Cancer Drug Clears FDA Approval
    PARIS -- Officials from the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Synthelabo have announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Eloxatin -- a chemotherapy drug to treated advanced colorectal cancer. The drug, called oxaliplatin when injected, received ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Today on Fresh Air, we chat with Audrey Ludmer
    It started with a message on my answering machine. "Please call the New York State Nurses Association office as soon as possible." That in itself was not alarming. I am an active member and often get calls. When I called back, I was asked if I would like to be interviewed ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Mahalo Malamas!
    Back row: Pam Chinen, RN, Joanne Mento, RN, Shane Liu, TechCenter row: Gerry Arakaki, RN, Carol Tabata, RN , Margo Buck, RNFront row: Debbie Payao, LPN, Adele Cacho, Tech Congratulations to the Endoscopy Center of Hilo, Hawaii for their outstanding work. The endoscopy team ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Proton Pumps Halt Acid Production
    According to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 7 million Americans suffer from gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD). The disease has become so prevalent that national media campaigns target baby boomers during the evening news with ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Electrocautery -- Sacred Cow or Valuable Asset?
    Electrocautery is the process of burning or destroying tissue by use of a small probe with an electric current running through it. It has become a routine surgical means of burning unwanted or harmful tissue and is also used to diminish or stop hemorrhaging.1 But rather ...More
    October 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Procedures
  • A Patient's Perspective
    A Patient's Perspective By Jennifer Tipton Everyone asks "Why me?" at some point in life. I know that I am a lucky young adult. I have a wonderful family and great friends, but being diagnosed with an incurable chronic disease at age 16 is the pits. I always had a ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Innovations
    Wilson-Cook Medical GI Endoscopy Howell D.A.S.H. This direct access system ERCP catheter has an integrated hub with a Touhy-Borst adapter to provide wire guide access while simultaneously allowing contrast injection. The device is offered pre-loaded with a .025-inch Tracer ...More
    August 1, 2002 Posted in Articles