April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

Q&A: Winning the Battle Against Esophageal Cancer

GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY APPLICATIONS

Mindy Mintz Mordecai, founder, CEO of the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN), shares how the organization has adjusted during the pandemic to keep momentum going toward a cancer-free future for Americans at risk for Esophageal Cancer.

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7 Ways to Improve Workplace Efficiency in Gastroenterology
Value-Based Care
Dr. David Hass from New Haven, Connecticut, offers advice and tips for improving efficiency in a gastroenterology practice. Some tips include creating a positive work environment for staff and leaving 1–2 empty appointments per day to allow time to “catch up” or fit in emergency consults.
A Few Common Causes of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Prevention Strategies
Many pathogens can cause ventilator-associated pneumonia, or VAP. These pathogens can enter the lungs via contaminated respiratory devices. A few linked studies here provide information about how devices, particularly bronchoscopes, can contribute to VAP.
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Duodenoscope

Analyzing Value

Costs will vary by institution, based on equipment used, reprocessing methods and number of annual procedures.

bronchoscopes

Analyzing Value

A variety of policies, practices and products at hospitals makes it difficult to ensure that bronchoscope reprocessing is done correctly and in a timely manner, every time. Alternatives are not only economical but critical to improving quality and ensuring patient safety.

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Supply Costs

Many hospital-acquired infections are caused by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, and require intense antibiotic treatment. Should comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs include proper infection prevention protocols for handling and using devices like bronchoscopes?