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Michelle Beaver

EndoNurse editor Michelle Beaver is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She's won several state and national journalism awards, including a national first-place for in-depth reporting from the Scripps Howard Foundation. She has written for two wire services, several newspapers and magazines.

You Don't Belong Here: Removing Objects


If you're a member of a GI endoscopy team, you've probably assisted in some way with getting items out of a body that never should have been in the body. Pencils, batteries, chicken bones. All of these items have been consumed, and the brave people of endoscopy had to get them out.

Removing foreign objects is one of the most challenging events for a GI team. Each presents a unique situation that has to be addressed with principled preparation and skill. In an EndoNurse slide show, Edwin Schafer, MD, presents the best practices for removing foreign objects. Schafer practices at Midwest Gastrointestinal Associates, in Omaha, Neb., and is co-director of the endoscopy lab at Nebraska Medical Center.

He's seen it all by this point, and knows the tricks of the trade for getting everything from toothpicks to pens out of human anatomy. Foreign bodies don't belong in human bodies, and getting themout takes skill. To read Schafer's words of wisdom, click here.


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