Minimizing occupational hazards in endoscopy: Personal protective equipment, radiation safety, and ergonomics

Marcos C. Pedrosa, Francis A. Farraye, Amandeep K. Shergill, Subhas Banerjee, David Desilets, David L. Diehl, Vivek Kaul, Richard S. Kwon, Petar Mamula, Sarah A. Rodriguez, Shyam Varadarajulu, Louis Michel Wong Kee Song, William M. Tierney

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Abstract

PPE, when used properly, can protect health care personnel from harmful exposure. Attention to special needs such as natural rubber latex allergies of both staff and patients, the liquid barrier performance of gowns, proper fitting, training, and supervision are necessary for proper use. The selection of appropriate PPE should be individualized to the type and degree of exposure anticipated. The appropriate use of fluoroscopy in GI endoscopy and the application of methods to limit both patient and staff exposure are paramount to maintaining a safe work environment. Basic ergonomic principles should also be incorporated into the practice of endoscopy in an attempt to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injury. Ergonomics in GI endoscopy, specifically endoscopic design, is an area in need of further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-235
Number of pages9
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Volume72
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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    Pedrosa, M. C., Farraye, F. A., Shergill, A. K., Banerjee, S., Desilets, D., Diehl, D. L., Kaul, V., Kwon, R. S., Mamula, P., Rodriguez, S. A., Varadarajulu, S., Wong Kee Song, L. M., & Tierney, W. M. (2010). Minimizing occupational hazards in endoscopy: Personal protective equipment, radiation safety, and ergonomics. Gastrointestinal endoscopy, 72(2), 227-235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2010.01.071