CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Digestive Endoscopy 2020; 11(01): 55-58
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1712236
Review Article

Techniques of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy—Do We Need to Change Anything?

Prakash Zacharias
1   Division of Gastroenterology, Chief of Endoscopy, Lisie Institute of Gastroenterology, Lisie Hospital, Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala, India
Hasim Ahamed
1   Division of Gastroenterology, Chief of Endoscopy, Lisie Institute of Gastroenterology, Lisie Hospital, Kaloor, Kochi, Kerala, India
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Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread to different parts of the world and was declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO). Health care workers are at increased risk of contracting the disease due to their nature of work and close contact with the patients. Staff in endoscopy need to be aware of this risk due to the aerosol-generating nature of procedures and the presence of virus particles in stool samples of infected persons. The risk of asymptomatic patients spreading the disease is also a cause for concern. This article intends to provide guidance and recommendations for techniques and practice of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy to prevent infection in endoscopy unit.

Publication History

Article published online:
16 May 2020

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