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Robotically-assisted G-tube insertion

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morelostthanfound has 27 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CVOR, General/Trauma Surgery.

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I am an experienced OR nurse and have circulated/scrub quite a few robotic procedures.  However, this week was a new one for me-a Robotically-assisted G-tube insertion.  To me, this approach seemed rather extreme, when a PEG tube procedure could have accomplished the same results, have been done with much less anesthesia time, no trocar port insertion sites, and been much cheaper.  Thoughts?

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"nursy" has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU, ER, Home Health, Corrections, School Nurse.

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Of course the PEG tube would have had less anesthesia, no trocar insertion site and been cheaper, but how is the hospital going to make money if they just do the easy cheap stuff????  They have a shiny new toy, they gotta use it right?  Hey maybe if nurses get lucky we can have them do Robotically assisted IV starts and Foley insertions, one less thing on our plates.  The possibilities are endless!!!!

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One would think, hope, insurance would see through this "scam" and not pay for it??????

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