What's hot in coeliac disease?
Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:05
Coeliac disease occurs when genetically predisposed individuals are exposed to dietary gluten. The clinical presentation of coeliac disease can be diverse, extending far beyond the traditional malabsorptive symptoms, and asymptomatic disease is generally identified by screening. At present, a gluten-free diet is the only available therapy for coeliac disease.
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Online Course: Feeding Difficulties in Children with Gastrointestinal Disorders
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:59
Although feeding difficulties are a common phenomenon in children with gastrointestinal disorders, symptoms are often not recognised early enough, preventing early management and the escalation of symptoms. It is important that healthcare professionals familiarise themselves with this topic, as difficulties may impact on both the child's growth and development as well as the wider psychological well-being of the child and family.
This teaching module explains current evidence as well as addressing some of the more practical issues of management, which may assist you in your daily practice.
BSG Survey Evaluating UK Service Provision for PEG
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:58
The BSG have recently completed and published a web-based audit which provides an overview of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) services across the UK. The Audit Committee are very grateful to all the members of the BSG for taking the time to take part in this web-based questionnaire. There was an 83% response rate reflecting the ability of BSG members to produce and participate in high quality audits.
This National BSG survey demonstrates variations in practice, particularly with regards to PEG insertion in patients with dementia, the timing of PEG insertion and PEG aftercare. These variations in practice may be important factors accounting for the significant morbidity and mortality associated with this procedure. The full article has recently been published:
- Kurien M et al. 'National survey evaluating service provision for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy within the UK'. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2011 Sep 29. [Epub ahead of print]
NPSA Safety Alert: Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes in adults, children and infants
Friday, 25 March 2011 14:38
This Alert updates and strengthens Patient Safety Alert 05 (Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes) and is based on national learning since then.
The Alert must be actioned by all organisations in the NHS and independent sector where nasogastric feeding tubes are placed and used for feeding patients. An executive director, nominated by the chief executive, working with relevant medical and nursing staff should ensure, through reviewing policies, procedures and staff training that by 12 September 2011 they have met the six objectives highlighted in the Alert. These are described in full on the NPSA website.