Occupation-associated health hazards for the gastroenterologist/ endoscopist
Advances in the field of endoscopy have allowed gastroenterologists to obtain detailed imaging of anatomical structures and to treat gastrointestinal diseases with endoscopic therapies. However, these technological developments have exposed endoscopists and staff to hazards such as musculoskeletal injuries, exposure to infectious agents, and ionizing radiation. We aimed to review the occupational hazards for the gastroenterologist and endoscopist. Using PubMed, Medline, Medscape, and Google Scholar, we identified peer-reviewed articles with the keywords “occupational hazards,” “health hazards,” “occupational health hazards,” “endoscopy,” “gastroenterologist,” “infectious agents,” “musculoskeletal injuries,” and “radiation.” Strategies for reducing exposure to infectious agents, radiation, and the risk of musculoskeletal injuries
related to gastroenterology include compliance with established standard measures, the use of thyroid shields and radioprotective eyewear, and ergonomic practices. We conclude that educating endoscopic personnel and trainees in these practices, in addition to further research in these areas, will likely lead to the development of more efficient and user-friendly workspaces that are safer for patients and personnel.
Keywords Occupational hazards, health hazards, occupational health hazards, endoscopy, gastroenterologist, infectious agents, musculoskeletal injuries, radiation
Ann Gastroenterol 2018; 31 (4): 448-455