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  • Customer Service, Cost Savings
    The setting is common in any large hospital -- a patient comes in for a laparoscopic nephrectomy scheduled with surgeon Smith. The patient and room are prepared, including Dr. Smith's preferred instruments on specifically labeled trays. At the last minute, Smith is called ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles
  • Alternatives to Traditional Classroom Education
    Objectives: 1. Identify barriers to the efficacy of traditional education 2. Identify alternatives to traditional education. With all the demands on our time, we have less time for education -- namely traditional classroom education. There are three classifications of ...More
    February 1, 2003 Posted in Articles, Procedures
  • Innovations
    M D Technologies Inc. DM6000-2 Double Unit Suction-Drain System The DM6000-2 is a double-unit version of the popular DM6000. The DM6000-2 connects to two suction sources, permitting the healthcare worker to connect two independent suction fields to the device. This is ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Procedures
  • Tales of a Reluctant GI Patient
    Although I have several years of experience writing about GI-related procedures and medications, I had never been party to one myself. That all changed last January with a frozen pizza. Normally, I like to cook, but it was the end of a long week and all I wanted was to ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Briefs
    Given Revenues Hit $7.4M YOQNEAM, Israel -- Given Imaging officials have announced their video capsule system has exceeded $7.4 million in sales during the third quarter of 2002. The announcement highlights a 480 percent increase in sales since third quarter 2001. "We ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • The Next Generation of Endoscopes
    The availability of several types of imaging tools has brought unprecedented access to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, up until now, pathologies of the small intestine remained difficult to diagnose. Limited viewing capabilities of traditional endoscopes has been ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Sutter Gould Foundation Endoscopy
    Endoscopy team members at Sutter Gould Foundation in Modesto, Calif., have successfully cleared several hurdles on their path to stardom. "I would like to recognize the accomplishments of the entire endoscopy team," writes Christie Turner, RN, supervisor of gastroenterology ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Tools and Trends: The Year in Review
    Endoscopy team members have read an interesting mix of headlines concerning gastrointestinal health during the past year. Outbreaks tied to endoscopy suites, new innovations to treat GI illness and national campaigns, like Polyp Man, brought increased attention to the ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Automated Documentation Makes JCAHO Preparation Easy
    University of Miami Hospital and Clinics GI department nurses using ProVation RN include (left to right) Natasha Germana, Joyce Aarons, Jean Tyson, Flor Yalta, Elizabeth Vidal, Sandette Bass, Patricia Castillo, and Isa Macapagal. Like many other medical facilities, the ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles, Procedures
  • Just How Satisfied Are Your Customers?
    Just How Satisfied Are Your Customers? By Betty McGinty, RN, BS, CGRN The majority of my 27 years of nursing have been in the field of gastroenterology. I've lived through many technological advances including videoendoscopy, endoscopic ultrasonography, and most recently, ...More
    December 1, 2002 Posted in Articles