Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) as a diagnostic tool in the intensive care unit

@article{Onders2007NaturalOT,
  title={Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) as a diagnostic tool in the intensive care unit},
  author={Raymond P. Onders and Michael Francis McGee and JanetM. Marks and Amitabh Chak and Michael J Rosen and Anthony R. Ignagni and Ashley L. Faulx and Steve J. Schomisch and Jeffrey L. Ponsky},
  journal={Surgical Endoscopy},
  year={2007},
  volume={21},
  pages={681-683}
}
Autopsy studies confirm that many intensive care unit (ICU) patients die from unrecognized sources of abdominal sepsis or ischemia. Computed tomography (CT) scans can be of limited use for these diagnoses and difficult to obtain in critically ill patients who require significant support for transport. Bedside laparoscopy has been described but still is cumbersome to perform. Bedside flexible endoscopy as a diagnostic tool or for placement of gastrostomy tubes is a standard ICU procedure… CONTINUE READING
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