Gastrointestinal

Fidaxomicin reduces C. diff recurrence

Compared to vancomycin, patients treated with fidaxomicin for Clostridium difficile infection were significantly less likely to have a recurrence. Read…
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Fine-tuning your feeding-tube insertion skills

Even if you’re accustomed to inserting feeding tubes, the procedure can cause complications. The authors provide safety guidelines to help you make feeding-tube insertion safer.

Getting a grip on GERD

Most patients manage the heartburn, nausea, and belching of gastroesophegeal reflux disease with lifestyle changes and medications. But some may experience a dangerous symptom cluster that warns of more serious problems.

Handling with care: The bariatric patient

Technological advances, special equipment, and screening algorithms help healthcare facilities and nurses meet the needs of bariatric patients while reducing worker injury.

Managing dysphagia in elderly patients

Multiple factors make the elderly susceptible to dysphagia. The author reviews
multidisciplinary management approaches and offers a checklist of simple nursing actions to promote assessment and management.

New colorectal screening guidelines

Screening for colorectal cancer is still underused, especially by low-income people, the uninsured, Asians and Hispanics, foreign-born people, and those…

Ogilvie’s syndrome: No ordinary constipation

A patient complains of bloating, abdominal tenderness, and constipation. Nothing unusual? Maybe. But if you’re too quick to dismiss these symptoms, you could be overlooking a serious condition called Ogilvie’s syndrome.

Putting a stop to postop nausea and vomiting

GI distress after surgery is a scary prospect for patients, and an all-too-common reality. But it isn’t inevitable. Learn how to minimize your patients’ risk and relieve their symptoms.

Take Note – August 2008

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Take Note – December 2007

Previous pneumonia vaccination reduces ICU admissions Among adults hospitalized for pneumonia, those who’ve been vaccinated against the disease are less…

The genetics of colorectal cancer

A 52-year-old patient arrives at the busy family practice office where you work for his follow-up visit. He had not…

Unraveling the enigma of irritable bowel syndrome

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.

Voluntary recall of metronidazole

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc., has issued a voluntary recall of metronidazole injection, USP 500 mg/100 mL because of nonsterility found in…

What is burning mouth syndrome?

You’ve probably have heard of PMS, but what about BMS? Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a little-known condition that affects…

WHO releases new hepatitis C guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released “Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection.”…

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