Background and Aims. Endoscopists and endoscopic assistants are easily exposed to germs, including COVID-19, during aerosol-generating procedures such as gastrointestinal endoscopy. This retrospective study investigated the utility of a box-shaped, shielding device for reducing the risk of COVID-19 droplet infection during endoscopic procedures.
Methods. We created a cuboid box (500 × 650 × 450 mm), with four sides were covered with a transparent, vinyl-chloride sheet having two windows for endoscopic passage and assistance. The shielding box was then placed over a patient’s head and shoulders and covered with another transparent vinyl sheet. We assessed its utility and safety using the medical data concerning the procedure time and vital signs and a questionnaire for the endoscopic staff and patients.
Results. We performed endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography-related procedures using this device for two patients suspected of having COVID-19-associated pneumonia. Both patients were smoothly and successfully treated without any complications. No difficulties were noted with either endoscopic operation or in assisting the procedure, and the transparency was good enough to observe the patients’ faces and movements.
Conclusions. This box-shaped, shielding device can be used to reduce the risk of COVID-19 droplet infection during endoscopic procedures in the clinical setting.
Relevance for patients. The COVID-19 outbreak has reminded healthcare personnel working in endoscopy units of the importance of infection prevention during endoscopy. The box-shaped, shielding device device can help endoscopic staff avoid hospital-setting COVID-19 infection.
Department of Gastroenterology, Kyoto Okamoto Memorial Hospital
Kyoto Okamoto Memorial Hospital, 100 Nishinokuchi, Sayama, Kumiyama-cho, Kuze-gun, Kyoto 613-0034, Japan
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Department of Pharmaceutics, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Department of Pharmaceutics, Jiaxing University Medical College, Zhejiang, China