Oak Brook, Ill. (PRWEB) December 4, 2009
SedationFacts.org, a website for practicing Gastroenterologists, Gastroenterology nurses and Gastroenterology fellows, announces the posting of a new article on patient safety issues concerning the use of herbal supplements.
Herbals are the most common type of dietary supplement and have been used medicinally since ancient times. Today there are 1,500 to 1,800 herbals sold in the U.S. Although many of these supplements appear to be safe, some commonly-used substances have important side effects and interact both with standard pharmaceuticals and other supplements. Herbs may also contain contaminants and/or other unknown ingredients.
The article provides a list of common herbal supplements that are of particular concern with regard to the perioperative period and gives information on assessing a patient's use of supplements as part of the documentation of a patient's medical history.
Many patients do not tell their doctor about dietary supplements they may be taking, but doctors and nurses need to know this information to mitigate the risk of complications from potential interactions between herbals the patient is taking and the anesthesia drugs and other medications that may be administered during a procedure.
Read the full article at http://www.sedationfacts.org/sedation-patient-care/herbal-supplement-risk
SedationFacts.org represents a joint initiative of four gastroenterology physician and nurse associations. Leading gastroenterology physicians and nurses representing these four associations serve as content reviewers and contributors to the SedationFacts Web site:
- American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
The ASGE serves as program director for SedationFacts, and members of the ASGE chair the executive and content committees.
- American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute
The AGA chairs the site promotion committee and has members on the executive and content committees.
- Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA)
The SGNA has members on the executive, content and site promotion committees.
- The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
The ACG has members on the executive, content and site promotion committees.
As the field of endoscopic sedation experiences rapid change, the SedationFacts Web site offers practicing gastroenterologists, gastroenterology nurses and gastroenterology fellows a comprehensive resource for current, objective, evidence-based information concerning endoscopic sedation..
For more information, visit http://www.sedationfacts.org
About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Founded in 1941, the mission of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with nearly 11,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit http://www.asge.org and http://www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information.
About the AGA Institute
The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. http://www.gastro.org.
About the American College of Gastroenterology
Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 10,000 individuals from 80 countries. The College is committed to serving the clinically oriented digestive disease specialist through its emphasis on scholarly practice, teaching and research. The mission of the College is to serve the evolving needs of physicians in the delivery of high quality, scientifically sound, humanistic, ethical, and cost-effective health care to gastroenterology patients. For more information, visit http://www.acg.gi.org.
About the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. (SGNA) is a professional organization of more than 8,500 nurses and associates dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing. SGNA carries out its mission by advancing the science and practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration, and by promoting the professional development of its members in an atmosphere of mutual support. For more information, visit http://www.sgna.org.
Anne Brownsey Aimee Frank
American Society for AGA Institute
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (301) 941-2620
Anne-Louise Oliphant Jennifer Kasowicz
American College of Gastroenterology Society of Gastroenterology
(301) 263-9000 Nurses and Associates
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