How to get away with COVID-19: endoscopy during post-peak pandemic. A perspective review

Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2020 Oct 8:13:1756284820965070. doi: 10.1177/1756284820965070. eCollection 2020.


The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has changed the way we work, and health care services have to adapt. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the delay of non-urgent procedures were the immediate measures adopted by Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy Units at the time of crisis. As the peak has now passed in most countries, GI facilities are facing the next challenge of this pandemic: service providers must adapt their routine work to a 'new normal'. Routine casework must resume, and waiting lists must be addressed: all in the awareness of the ongoing potential risks of COVID-19, and the threat of a second wave. In this review, we discuss strategies to manage the workload by improving procedure appropriateness and prioritization, whilst maintaining a 'COVID-free' environment. This includes monitoring of an adequate stock of PPE and the implications for the staff's workload, and the GI trainees' need of training.

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; clinical practice; coronavirus; endoscopy; prevention; public health.

Publication types

  • Review