Brian S Lim

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BACKGROUND AND AIM   The endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) mechanical simulator (EMS) and computer simulator (ECS) are described herein. No direct hands-on comparison has been reported to reflect the perception of trainers and trainees regarding the efficacy of each model for trainee ERCP education. We compared the trainers' and(More)
Background and study aims: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography-related infections are of increasing global concern due to the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), with bacterial biofilm production postulated as one cause of persistent infection from such virulent organisms. Because(More)
BACKGROUND Pilot studies using a novel water method to perform screening colonoscopy allowed patients to complete colonoscopy without sedation medications and also significantly increased the cecal intubation success rate. OBJECTIVE To perform a randomized, controlled trial comparing air insufflation (conventional method) and water infusion in lieu of air(More)
BACKGROUND Sedation for colonoscopy discomfort imposes a recovery-time burden on patients. The water method permitted 52% of patients accepting on-demand sedation to complete colonoscopy without sedation. On-site and at-home recovery times were not reported. OBJECTIVE To confirm the beneficial effect of the water method and document the patient(More)
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) of skin is a rare, aggressive cutaneous malignancy of neuroendocrine origin. MCC predominantly affects elderly Caucasians and has high predilection for sun exposed areas. Histologic exam and immunohistochemical profile is required to establish the diagnosis. It has high propensity for local recurrence and metastasis, and carries(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS There is a paucity of in vitro methods for evaluating ERCP accessories. We hypothesize that the time taken to perform a simulated single stent or multiple stents placement is different for stenting systems with or without the capability of intraductal ductal release (IDR) of the guide wire. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted an(More)
BACKGROUND: ERCP mechanical simulator (EMS) and ex-vivo porcine stomach model (PSM) have been described. No direct comparison was reported on endoscopists' perception regarding their efficacy for ERCP training OBJECTIVE: Comparative assessment of EMS and PSM. DESIGN: Questionnaire survey before and after practice. SETTING: Hands-on practice workshops. (More)