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.
SGNA Revises Standards for Reprocessing Flexible Scopes
CHICAGO―The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) today announced that it released new guidelines regarding the reprocessing of flexible scopes. The document is called the Standards of Infection Control in Reprocessing of Flexible Gastrointestinal ...More
Is RN Resistance a Barrier to Quality Care?
COLUMBUS, Ohio—A new national survey of more than 1,000 registered nurses suggests that serious barriers—including resistance from nursing leaders—prevent nurses from implementing evidence-based practices that improve patient outcomes. ...More
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
Endo Company Recognized for Strong Growth
ALPHARETTA, Ga.—For the third consecutive year, the strong growth of EndoChoice, Inc. has been recognized by Inc. Magazine in this year’s annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The company ranks #255 in overall growth, and ...More
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 ...More
States Get Grants to Increase Nursing Education
PRINCETON, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced nine states that have been chosen to receive two-year, $300,000 grants through its new program, Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). APIN will advance state and regional strategies aimed at ...More
Hospital Found Negligent for Improperly Cleaned Scopes
PITTSBURGH—A jury in Pennsylvania recently ruled that Pittsburgh's Forbes Regional Hospital failed to properly clean and sterilize colonoscopes used on more than 225 patients in 2004 and 2005. The jury ruled the hospital negligent. This case was part of a class-action ...More
US Endoscopy Releases New Transport Pad
MENTOR, Ohio—US Endoscopy today announced the release of the Take-Out transport pad, a single-use pad designed for convenient and safe transportation of an endoscope to the reprocessing room. ...More
Nurse Obesity Linked to 'Adverse Work Schedules'
PHILADELPHIA—For nurses who work long hours or other "adverse work schedules," the risk of obesity is related to lack of opportunity for exercise and sleep, suggests a study in the August issue of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the official ...More
SGNA Releases Statement on Ergonomics in GI Setting
CHICAGO―The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) this month released a position statement called Ergonomics in the Gastroenterology Setting. In response to nursing having among the highest incidences of work-related musculoskeletal injuries, SGNA’s ...More