The endoscopy profession is one of the fastest changing parts of the medical world. Members need to stay up to date on a breadth of industry issues, including product releases, research results, controversies, continuing education, lawsuits, recalls and procedure updates.
New Guidelines for Diagnosis, Staging of Esophageal Cancer
CHICAGO—The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has released a set of clinical practice guidelines to address current and changing factors that affect the diagnosis and treatment of localized esophageal cancer. The guidelines, the first in a series of clinical practice ...More
Electronic Health Record Adoption Uneven Across U.S.
WASHINGTON—A new study in Health Services Research finds that there is a wide geographic variation in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by ambulatory healthcare sites, ranging from a high of 88 percent to a low of just 8 percent. ...More
Preventing Medical Errors Requires Safety Commitment
GLENVIEW, Ill.—For too long, progress in preventing medication errors and other mistakes that compromise patient safety in healthcare facilities has been unacceptably slow and patients in the majority of U.S. hospitals may not be much safer today than they were 10 years ...More
SGNA Launches Infection-Prevention Toolkit
CHICAGO―The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) today announced the launch of its Infection Prevention Champions Program and toolkit. This program provides a named champion with key infection-prevention information to take back to his or her ...More
Salmonella Is a War Between Good and Bad Gut Bacteria
RICHLAND, Wash.— A new study that examined food poisoning infection as-it-happens in mice revealed harmful bacteria, such as a common type of Salmonella, takes over beneficial bacteria within the gut amid previously unseen changes to the gut environment. The results provide ...More
ASGE Announces 2013-2014 Governing Board
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) this week announced its 2013-2014 governing board. ...More
Tech Shares Colorectal-Cancer Awareness Poem
My name is Marilyn Parrish and I am an endoscopy technician who works at Desert Ridge Surgery Center, in Phoenix. I have been a full-time endoscopy technician for the past 13 years. I have eight years of experience through local hospitals as well ...More
Mobile Aspects Gets Patent for RFID Scope Tracking System
PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Mobile Aspects has received a patent for its iRIScope cabinet that uses RFID-enabled technology to prevent the spread of infection through flexible endoscopes, as well as tracking and timestamping an endoscope’s movements from storage to use to reprocessing ...More
Study Explores Verbal Abuse in Nursing
PRINCETON, N.J.—Verbal abuse against nurses in the workplace, including abuse by other nurses, is both common and well-documented. The negative effects of that abuse and the adverse impact on patient care are also well-documented. ...More
Discharge Instructions: Does Your Facility Stick the Landing?
What does "stick the landing" mean? Stick the landing v. phr. to finish an athletic, gymnastic, or other sports performance with an ideal pose or stance, especially after a jump or leap; (hence, also outside of sports) to do or finish well; to win. ...More