Archive August 2014 XV, No. 8

7 Cool New Products For Your GI Docs

Advances on display at Digestive Disease Week focused on improving adenoma detection rates.

Seth Gross, MD, FACG, FASGE

While walking the exhibit hall at Digestive Disease Week in Chicago last May, I caught up with old friends and test-drove some innovative devices designed to provide physicians with enhanced views of the colon and improve cancer detection rates — without taking a big bite out of your facility’s capital budget. Here’s a sampling of some of the newest and neatest products that were on display.

bowel prep 1. STRAIGHT FLUSH Dr. Gross gives Medivators’ powerful solution to failed bowel preps a try.

1. Medivators
Jet Prep
Even with their best efforts, about 20% of colonoscopy patients fall short of properly cleansing the colon. Rather than let poor bowel prepping stop you, turn to Medivators’s Jet Prep. This endoscopic flushing device removes stool and debris while improving colon visibility and polyp detection. This is a nice way to salvage a colonoscopy and prevent patients from having to return on another day to complete the exam.

The device is inserted into the colonoscope’s working channel when it’s needed and flushes loose stool and obstructions off the colon wall with a blast of pressurized water, which the physician regulates with a handheld control. The physician can also back-flush the device’s channel if it becomes blocked with excess liquid or feces and aspirate the dirty fluid out of the patient. A company rep says Jet Prep provides significantly better visualization of the colon in real time to improve adenoma detection rates.

2. Pentax
EndoPro IQ Version 7.6
The biggest change to Pentax’s image management and endoscopic documentation software centers on GI Quick, an innovation that lets physicians submit quality data to the national registry and use intuitive narrative tools to report cases and discrete data in a physician-friendly form. They can navigate through the program easily, generating rich narrative texts for passing through to referring physicians or facilities’ EMR systems. The program is DIACAP certified — the highest level of online security — which is unique in the space, according to Pentax.

For colonoscopy reporting, we’re held to a high standard when supplying quality metrics, specifically adenoma detection rates and the number of complete exams indicated by success in reaching the cecum. The reporting of these quality metrics will soon expand to upper endoscopy, so it’s nice to have a software platform that makes it easy to produce a useful report that meets those requirements.

upgraded software 2. USER FRIENDLY Dr. Gross hears how Pentax’s upgraded its already successful image management and documentation software.
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