Guidance on the indications for diagnostic upper GI endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:19
Adam Harris Chair, BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee (CSSC) - April 2013
In 2011 the Independent Practice Committee of the BSG was asked to provide approved guidance on the indications for diagnostic endoscopy. There was none although it was common practice to 'validate' requests for endoscopy; indeed this is a requirement of the GRS. Following this request it was agreed that a small working group of individuals from CSSC (Adam Harris), Independent Practice Committee (Simon Greenfield), Endoscopy Section (Steve Hughes and Mark Wilkinson) and Surgical Section (Roger Leicester) would produce a draft list of indications for diagnostic upper GI endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. The 'evidence-base' for this was unsurprisingly small but wherever possible, the Guidance is supported by published documents from the BSG and NICE.
The first draft was circulated to the members of BSG Endoscopy Section and CSSC. An amended document was sent to William Allum (President, AUGIS) and Rupert Pullen (ACPGBI), Karen Nugent (ACPGBI) and Graham Williams (President, ACPGBI) who took the Guidance to their respective Councils; their helpful comments were addressed to produce the final document. On 22 March 2013 BSG Council approved the tripartite Guidance.
Last, we appreciate fully that this Guidance cannot be fully inclusive and ultimately clinical judgement is required to determine when an endoscopy is required but taking into account these reservations, we hope that you will find this Position Statement useful.
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Golimumab approved for treating some forms of UC
Monday, 20 May 2013 09:58
On 15 May 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new use for Simponi (golimumab) injection: treatment of adults with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis that is resistant (refractory) to prior treatment or requires continuous steroid therapy. Golimumab had previously been approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis affecting the joints in the spine and the pelvis). The press release provides full details.
HQIP Conference 2013
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 11:35
HQIP has set 14-15 October 2013 for the next HQIP Conference, which has been designed to include multiple aspects of quality improvement for health and social care from national clinical audits through to local quality improvement projects. A central theme for the two-day event will be bringing national clinical and care audit teams together with quality improvement professionals, practitioners in health and social care, boards, patients and patient representatives. Final venue decisions are being made this week and will be announced in the coming days.
Free access: ESPGHAN/ESPID evidence-based guidelines for the management of acute gastroenteritis in children in Europe
Monday, 15 April 2013 13:27
UEG has a new, free online course (2 hours) to help implement the ESPGHAN guidelines for the management of acute gastroenteritis. The course is also linked to a project (TEEN-AGE, Tutorial European Electronic Network on Acute Gastroenteritis) set up to measure the effectiveness of the e-learning intervention in physicians from different European countries. You can access the materials here.
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