Ergonomics in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Myths and Realities

sharing tips on improving ergonomics in the endoscopy unit

This weekend we are releasing a new lecture on Endocollab ( focused on ergonomics in gastrointestinal endoscopy. As with all lectures, quick tip videos and concepts of Endocollab, this lecture is practically oriented and has immediate applicability for the practicing endoscopist. I'll be discussing the importance of ergonomics in gastrointestinal endoscopy. As interventional doctors, we need to be physically fit and prepared to stand or sit for long periods of time while performing procedures. Unfortunately, our work environment can lead to injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and lower back pain. 

In this video, I'll be debunking some myths about ergonomics in endoscopy, such as the ideas that women are at disadvantage to perform endoscopy, that scopes were designed only for men, that scoping must be performed in the standing position and sharing important data about the impact of workload on our health.  

I’ll also show you how ergonomics is misunderstood and misrepresented, leading to lots of confusion, and often, engineers and architects rely on this information provided through the internet to (wrongly) design our endoscopy suite. 

By debunking these concepts and actively taking part in the design of our endoscopy suite we will contribute to our own health.  

I'll also be sharing tips on how to improve ergonomics in the endoscopy unit, such as using adapting the endoscopy suite and equipment to the endoscopist and not vice versa.  

In addition, we need to focus on making sure that the patients are also ergonomically positioned, for example using wedge supports and ensuring that they are the center of our attention.  

My main aim is to show that attention to tiny details, that are often overlooked, make the biggest difference in endoscopic progress and ergonomics. By taking these steps, we can prevent injuries and improve the overall well-being of our patients and ourselves.

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