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Gastrointestinal

April 2013 Vol. 8 No. 4

Author: Sheyla Desir MSN, RN, CMSRN; Roseanne Fairchild PhD, RN, CNE, NE-BC

A study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that a dedicated daily disinfection team, coupled with a standard cleaning process that includes requiring “supervisory assessment and clearance” of terminally cleaned rooms of patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), helps achieve “consistent CDI room disinfection.” Read more . . .

February 2013 Vol. 8 No. 2

Author: Susan Bartlett, BSN, RN

Anyone who’s been a nurse for more than 10 years will agree with me: you can make big leaps from specialty to specialty and sometimes leave a skill behind that will rarely have a practical application in your current job. Pediatrics to adult surgery, ostomy nurse to IV team . . .

January 2013 Vol. 8 No. 1

Author: BrandeeWornhoff, MSN, RN, CNS-BC; and Paula Spoonmore, MSN, RN, CNS-BC

On Dec. 31, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Fulyzaq (crofelemer) to relieve symptoms of diarrhea in HIV/AIDS patients taking antiretroviral therapy; it is the first FDA-approved therapy for the indication. Derived from the red sap of the Croton lechleri plant, Fulyzaq is the . . .

March 2012 Vol. 7 No. 3

Author: Wendy J. Silverstein, MA, RN, ACNS-BC, CPHQ

A study in JAMA found that use of anesthesia services for gastrointestinal endoscopies and colonoscopies “increased substantially” between 2003 and 2009. Anesthesia use was mostly in low-risk patients and varies widely by geographic region. Read more . . .

February 2012 Vol. 7 No. 2

Author: Ellen Shoun, BSN, RN

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that mortality from colorectal cancer was about 50% lower among patients who had adenomatous polyps removed compared to the general population. Read more . . .

September 2011 Vol. 6 No. 9

Author: Patti Radovich, MSN, RN, CNS, FCCM

Common, complex, and chronic, IBS can markedly decrease the quality of life and work productivity. But by using an integrated approach, you can help patients manage their symptoms.

June 2011 Vol. 6 No. 6

Author: Suzanne M. Kasper, RN

Women who undergo major gastrointestinal (GI) surgery are less likely to die in the hospital than men according to a retrospective analysis of 307,124 patients. Researchers are unsure of he reason behind the difference. Read more . . .

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