• Electrosurgery, Jewelry and the GI Suite
    Virtually every hospital or freestanding endoscopy center wisely advises patients during scheduling to plan to leave their jewelry at home. If asked why, “the chance of a burn during electrosurgery" is often the reason given. ...More
    September 13, 2012 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Columnist: We Should Protect Patient Access to CRNAs
    WASHINGTON—In less than two weeks, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin to sort through public comments on their proposal to protect patient access to the crucial pain-management treatments provided by Certified Registered Nurse ...More
    August 31, 2012 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • NBI Lets Non-Cancerous Polyps Stay Intact
    OAK BROOK, Ill.―According to a new study, the use of narrow band imaging (NBI) during colonoscopy is sufficiently accurate to allow distal hyperplastic (non-cancerous) polyps to be left in place without removal and small, distal adenomas (pre-cancerous polyps) to be removed ...More
    August 27, 2012 Posted in Articles
  • U.S. Trends for Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Devices
    The U.S. market for gastrointestinal endoscopic devices is valued at almost $2 billion and rising. Unlike many others, this market did not experience a decline in value as a result of the recession. However, the market growth rate experienced a sharp decrease and is not ...More
    August 10, 2012 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Food Scientists Focus on Perfecting Plant-Based 'Meat'
    LAS VEGAS—Endoscopy professionals give a lot of dietary advice, and often tell patients that they should eat less meat. However, some patients can't imagine giving up a meaty taste and texture from their diets. They can supplement the reduction or total loss with any of ...More
    August 6, 2012 Posted in Articles
  • Doc Replies to Nurse About Annoying MD Trait
    Perhaps your gastroenterologist resembles the one in the following letter. If so, I'm sorry. The letter was written by an EndoNurse reader who asked editor Michelle Beaver to forward it to me for my opinion. I am a gastroenterologist, but I also spend a lot of time trying ...More
    August 3, 2012 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Infection Control: ASC Experts Share Their Advice
    EndoNurse spoke with Carol Imes, RN, MPA, CNOR, director of nursing at Ohio's Mentor Surgery Center, and Charlotte Applen, chief infection preventionist at Banner Surgery Centers in Ariz., to get their expert advice on how to handle important infection control issues in ...More
    August 2, 2012 Posted in Articles
  • A HydroPrep Case Study: South Lake Tahoe
    At Barton Memorial Hospital (BMH), in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., patients undergoing colonoscopy now have a new prep option. The HydroPrep is a combination of low-volume oral prep, clear liquids the day before colonoscopy, plus colon hydrotherapy the morning of the ...More
    August 1, 2012 Posted in Articles, Procedures
  • If ICD-10 Is Delayed, Get Busy Anyway
    Imagine a child who has a report due the following day at school. He has procrastinated for several days and is just starting to panic, realizing he will never finish on time. But that night a winter storm moves in and snows enough that the schools are closed in the ...More
    July 17, 2012 Posted in Articles
  • Bloomington Endo Team: Friendly and Effective
    Thirty years have passed since our founding medical director, Dr. James Touloukian, had a vision of opening a freestanding gastroenterology unit. The climate was right for such a venture back in the early 1990s, since our only local hospital was rapidly outgrowing the space ...More
    July 12, 2012 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues