Endoscopy is the backbone of modern disease detection and includes several formats that are utilized throughout the body, incuding endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, gastroscopy, enteroscopy, esophogealgastroduodenoscopy (EGD, or upper endoscopy), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), among others.
Olympus Launches Guidewire for Biliary-Tract Endoscopy
Olympus recently announced the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared, single-use VisiGlide 2 guidewires. The guidewire is designed for use in endoscopic treatment of the biliary and pancreatic ducts. According to Olympus, the enhanced flexibility of VisiGlide 2 tip ...More
Seneca Chooses Sklar as Preferred Supplier of Surgical Instruments
Seneca Medical this week announced that it has selected Sklar Instruments as its preferred supplier of surgical implements to hospitals and surgery centers across the Midwest. ...More
Hospital E coli Outbreak Associated With Contaminated Duodenoscopes
Despite no lapses in the disinfection process recommended by the manufacturer being identified, specialized gastrointestinal endoscopes called duodenoscopes had bacterial contamination associated with an outbreak of a highly resistant strain of E coli at a hospital in ...More
Endo All-Stars: Retention Reigns High at Valley Hospital
Our endoscopy unit is located at the Valley Hospital, in Ridgewood, N.J., and is run by special and dedicated staff members. One of our greatest attributes is our retention of staff. Many of us have been working in this unit for 20 years. We work as a team but treat each ...More
Death of Joan Rivers Brings Endoscopy into the Spot Light
You’ve probably heard that comedian and television host Joan Rivers died last week during a procedure at an endoscopy facility in New York City. What’s clear is that this is sad. What’s not clear? Whether the endoscopy facility did anything wrong. ...More
Olympus Launches Hemostasis Clip for GI Endoscopy
Olympus announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared QuickClip Pro hemostasis clip designed for bleed control and defect closure during GI endoscopy procedures. ...More
Can an Endoscopic Procedure Help Treat Type-2 Diabetes?
Fractyl Laboratories Inc. today announced positive clinical data for the first endoscopic procedural therapy to directly treat the underlying digestive causes of insulin resistance in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. The non-invasive Revita Duodenal Mucosal ...More
Endoscope Reprocessing: Avoiding Complacency
The risk of infection from gastrointestinal endoscopy in the United States is very low. Reported cases of infection transmission are typically associated with a breach in accepted reprocessing protocols or the use of defective equipment. When technicians diligently follow ...More
Can Staffing Changes Improve ERCP Outcomes?
A recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology looks at the outcomes of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography that were delayed over a weekend due to smaller weekend staffing practices. The findings suggest that to improve patient ...More
New Imaging Agent Provides Better Picture of the Gut
A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe, noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of ...More