Gastroenterology experts call for 24-hour service in all UK hospitals
Christopher Paul Swain Innovative Bariatric Compression Procedure to be Jointly Developed June 14, 2012 09:39 | Source: novoGI Inc. ATLANTA, June 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — novoGI Inc. today announced that it has purchased IP and signed a collaboration agreement with Dr. C.P. Swain for the joint development of an innovative laparoscopic nitinol based compression anastomosis solution for Bariatric surgery. Professor Paul Swain is Professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at Imperial College, London University, UK. Professor Swain is widely published in the area of gastroenterology, with over 180 publications on areas such as endoscopy, gastrointestinal bleeding and technical advances and devices for endoscopy. “I am thrilled to be working again with Gavriel Meron and the novoGI development team to provide a unique solution for the growing need for a simpler and safer bariatric surgical procedure,” commented Dr. Swain. “Bariatric surgery often is the best path for resolving obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, and we believe that our innovative solution may significantly improve outcomes and quality of life, thereby becoming the standard of care worldwide.” “We are delighted to be collaborating with Dr. Swain. A prototype has already been successfully tested in pre-clinical studies and we look forward to jointly developing this solution,” said Gavriel D.
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Acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome: primary care based pragmatic randomised controlled trial
The call comes after a UK-wide audit from the society revealed that nearly half of UK hospitals do not provide an out-of-hours endoscopy service, despite 60% of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding episodes occurring out of normal working hours. According to the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), more than 700 lives could be saved each year if all hospitals offered a 24-hour service. Addressing a meeting at Number 11, Downing Street yesterday to raise awareness of gastroenterological conditions, BSG president, professor Chris Hawkey, said: Our audit has shown that about 80,000 patients a year are admitted with gastrointestinal bleeding, which has an 8% mortality rate. Yet only 55% of trusts at the moment provide a comprehensive out-of-hours GI bleeding service we need to get this to 100%, he added. The BSG is also calling for six new standards of care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease to be implemented by all UK commissioners by October 2010. Readers’ comments (1) Anonymous | 26-Jun-2009 8:24 pm The B.S.G. is correct in calling for a 24/7 service. In my experience, during almost 20 years of endoscopy nursing, most bleeds and other emergencies occurred outside of the normal working day. The equipment is available and I believe that the service should be funded. Patients deserve prompt effective diagnosis and treatment.
Methods Design overview Building on our pilot study (ISRCTN32823720) [ 19 ], we conducted a parallel-arm randomised controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture plus usual care compared to usual care alone for the treatment of IBS based on a published protocol [ 20 ]. We received ethics approval from the York NHS Research Ethics Committee (08/H1311/66) in 2008. A cost-effectiveness analysis is reported separately [ 21 ]. Settings and participants We recruited patients from the databases of five general practices. The GP practices identified potential participants aged 18 or older who had consulted their GP and been diagnosed with IBS, and coded accordingly on the practice database. A letter was sent to all potentially eligible participants, inviting them to complete a baseline questionnaire and consent form and return these to the York Trials Unit. We excluded patients who did not speak English, who had a current diagnosis of haemophilia, hepatitis, HIV, or were receiving cancer care, had had major gastrointestinal surgery in the previous six months, were pregnant, had a history of psychosis or substance abuse, or were receiving acupuncture at the time. Patients were recruited if they provided informed consent and scored 100 or more on the IBS Symptom Severity Score (SSS) [ 22 ]. Randomisation We randomised participants equally to receive either a short course of traditional acupuncture plus usual care or usual care alone. The randomisation sequence was computer generated at the University of York by an independent data manager at the York Trials Unit, and fully concealed from the research and administrative staff who then informed participants of their allocation by telephone and subsequently by letter. Interventions Nine professional acupuncturists provided the acupuncture, and all were registered with the British Acupuncture Council with at least three years post qualification experience, and were working at independent clinics.