1. Prechel, Jim GTS
  2. Horn, Billie GTS

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The goal of a colonoscopy is to reach the cecum. A number of factors such as tortuosity, adhesions, and patient discomfort may limit the success of this exam. The use of abdominal pressure during the procedure may help eliminate these issues; however, techniques that promote safety for both the patient and caregiver are not widely known. A hands-on approach to abdominal pressure will address the issue of reaching the cecum with emphasis on safety for the patient and caregiver, ergonomics for the caregiver, and comfort for the patient. We intend to show technicians and nurses a safe and effective way of providing abdominal pressure to assist the physician in advancing the endoscope to the cecum. Additionally, we will demonstrate to the caregiver the forearm lift technique that has been reported recently. After demonstration, attendees will practice these techniques on each other.


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We are pleased to present the abstracts from SGNA's 34th Annual Course, Charting a Course for Professional Growth. 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.