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New research shows health risks of smoke exposure in gastrointestinal endoscopy

Editor's Note Research presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week in May highlights the potential health risks posed by smoke generated during tissue-cutting ablations in gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News May 18 reports. Unlike surgeons in ORs, who follow specific regulations to mitigate smoke exposure, GI endoscopy procedures…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
July 3, 2024
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Ambulatory endoscopy management strategies keep patients, finances healthy

Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is one of the most common procedures in the US. Performed more than 17.1 million times per year in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings as well as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), GI procedures account for 68% of all endoscopies, according to a May 2022 article in Digestive…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
June 24, 2024
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Study: Infection risk unaffected by colonoscopy, joint replacement timing

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Editor's Note A study published May 7 in JAMA Open found no significant risk of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) when colonoscopy is performed within one year of total joint arthroplasty (TJA), whether the colonoscopy was done before or after the surgery. However, certain comorbidities such as kidney and pulmonary disease,…

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By: Matt Danford
May 28, 2024
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US News & World Report best ASCs ranking now available

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Editor's Note With the goal of helping patients choose if outpatient care is right for them and identify the right ambulatory surgery center (ASC) for their needs, US News & World Report unveiled on May 14 its inaugural ranking of the best ASCs in the US. Reportedly, “fewer than 15%…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 15, 2024
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Study explores link between diverticulitis and colorectal cancer

Editor's Note Using data from the Gastrointestinal Quality Improvement Consortium registry, this 2024 study provides new insights into the practice of recommending colonoscopy following diverticulitis episodes to rule out colorectal cancer (CRC), Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology April 24 reports. This study, which analyzed over 4.5 million colonoscopies performed in the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 1, 2024
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Study: GLP weight loss, diabetes therapies boost GI endoscopy pneumonia risk

Editor's Note Gastrointestinal endoscopy could increase the risk of aspirational pneumonia in patients using GLP-1 receptor agonists (RAs) to manage weight or treat diabetes, according to an April 1 report from MedPage today. Citing research published in the journal Gastroenterology by a team led by Kevin Sheng-Kai Ma, DDS, of…

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By: Matt Danford
April 5, 2024
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Forced-air device outperforms standard endoscope drying practices, study shows

Editor's Note Authors of a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of a forced-air drying system for endoscopes argue that the results reinforce the need to re-evaluate standard drying practices. Findings were published February 24 in the American Journal of Infection Control. Wet environments resulting from inadequate drying practices can result…

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By: Matt Danford
March 25, 2024
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New gel protects tissue during gastrointestinal surgery

Editor's Note Researchers at MIT have developed a new gel called GastroShield to help prevent gastrointestinal bleeding during and after surgery performed during colonoscopy screenings. Advanced Materials published the findings on February 29.  Colonoscopy screenings—undergone by some 20 million Americans each year—often result in doctors finding and removing polyps. These…

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By: Brita Belli
March 15, 2024
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Study: Postop emergency appendectomy complications more likely for Black children

Editor's Note In a recent study, black children undergoing emergency appendectomy had a four times greater risk of postoperative complications than white children, independent of socioeconomic status or type of appendicitis. Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists, published the findings February 22. Researchers note that this is the…

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By: Matt Danford
February 26, 2024
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Study: Early postoperative endoscopy safe, effective for esophageal cancer patients

Editor's Note Using early postoperative endoscopy to detect anastomotic leakage after minimally invasive esophagectomy does not increase postoperative adverse events, according to a study published February 10 in the journal Surgery. Anastomotic leakage is one of the most severe adverse events of minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Often deadly,…

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By: Matt Danford
February 22, 2024
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