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Karin Lillis

Karin Lillis is managing editor of EndoNurse magazine and a contributing writer for Infection Control Today. She has more than 20 years of experience in health, news and business publishing-from community-based daily newspapers to clinical nursing and other magazines. She graduated from DeSales University with a degree in English/Communications.

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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