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Quality of care is the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)(More)
BACKGROUND Marlex mesh erosions may occur as late complications after vertical-banded gastroplasty. Experience with the endoscopic treatment is limited. OBJECTIVE To describe the use of argon plasma coagulation in the endoscopic treatment of eroded Marlex mesh. DESIGN Case report. SETTINGS Endoscopy Unit, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa(More)
Gastroparesis is a common chronic and costly disorder for which medical therapy is often unsuccessful. Gastric electrical stimulation (GES) has been used to treat refractory cases, however, response is variable and difficult to predict. This study aims to assess whether pre-operative opioid analgesics (OA) use affects clinical success of GES. Records of 128(More)
The close proximity of the endoscopic ultrasound probe to the pancreas results in superior spatial resolution compared to CT scan and MRI. In addition, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive procedure that does not share the relatively high complication rate of ERCP. Due to these advantages, EUS has evolved into an important technique to assess(More)
Recurrent Clostridium difficile infection has been a major challenge for patients and clinicians. Recurrence of infection after treatment with standard antibiotics is becoming more common with the emergence of more-resistant strains of C difficile. Fecal microbiota transplantation is an alternative treatment for recurrent C difficile infection, but it is(More)
Endoscopic electronic medical record systems (EEMRs) are now increasingly utilized in many endoscopy centers. Modern EEMRs not only support endoscopy report generation, but often include features such as practice management tools, image and video clip management, inventory management, e-faxes to referring physicians, and database support to measure quality(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to identify the frequency and costs of, and the disease predictors and inpatient process issues that may predispose to, 30-day readmission for an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patient. METHODS IBD patients admitted to an inpatient gastroenterology service were followed for a time-to-readmission analysis assessing factors associated(More)