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.
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.
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.
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.
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?