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Breaking the taboo

01 April 2005

Nursing Standard


Carole Stones is the first mobile nurse in the community for leading bowel cancer charity Colon Cancer Concern. She says the past five years have seen exciting...

Crohn’s disease: an overview

17 April 2002

Nursing Standard


Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. In this article, Chris Metcalf...

Test and treat Helicobacter pylori before endoscopy

03 November 2004

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Helicobacter pylori may have major implications for patients’ wellbeing and future health. If a patient is found to be H. pylori positive it is important...

Safe use of oral bowel-cleansing preparations

30 January 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Oral bowel-cleansing agents are commonly used to prepare the bowel for colorectal surgery, and before endoscopic and radiological examination of the large intestine...

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding: clinical knowledge and skills for learning disability nurses

23 May 2019

Learning Disability Practice

tube feeding

People with learning disabilities may require percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube feeding to maintain their nutritional status when they have a congenital...

Colonoscopy: an evidence-based approach

08 March 2022

Nursing Standard


Colonoscopy is an invasive, endoscopic procedure undertaken to visualise the inner lumen of the colon and is used for a variety of diagnostic purposes. The procedure...

Indispensable skills

09 January 2007

Nursing Standard


Gastrointestinal (GI) services have been something of a poor relation in terms of funding. A strategy for services in which nurses have a major role has been...