1. Prechel, Jim GI Technician
  2. Young, Cynthia BSN, RN

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Little has been published on the benefits of applying abdominal pressure during colonoscopy. Applying abdominal pressure presents a potential risk to both the patient and provider. A survey developed by Jim Prechel and presented to 18 Mayo gastroenterology physicians who routinely perform colonoscopy, revealed that when applied properly, abdominal pressure could assist in shortening the length of the procedure, minimize the angle of turns in the colon, and minimize patient discomfort.


This course will provide both a didactic and hands-on experience. The allied health professional will be provided with the knowledge to provide effective and efficient abdominal pressure during colonoscopy. A variety of applications will be demonstrated in an effort to assist the allied health professional with the confidence in determining the appropriate location to apply abdominal pressure. Correct positioning will also be demonstrated using proper ergonomics for the provider, and focusing on providing minimal risk of injury to the colon.


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We are pleased to present the Abstracts from the SGNA's 32nd Annual Course: Passion for GI Nursing: Pass It On!! The diversity of these topics certainly reflects the richness and breadth of our specialty. In keeping with the tradition of the Annual Course, we hope the following abstracts will encourage discussions for improving nursing practice and patient care outcomes.