Factors associated with risk of COVID-19 contagion for endoscopy healthcare workers: A survey from the Italian society of digestive endoscopy

Andrea Tringali, Alberto Mariani, Gabriele Capurso, Giovanni Marasco, Helga Bertani, Stefano Francesco Crinò, Andrea Magarotto, Luigi Pasquale, Paolo Giorgio Arcidiacono, Rocco Maurizio Zagari

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The present study was aimed to assess the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and associated factors among HCWs in endoscopy centers in Italy.METHODS: All members of the Italian Society of Digestive Endoscopy (SIED) were invited to participate to a questionnaire-based survey during the first months of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy.RESULTS: 314/1306 (24%) SIED members accounting for 201/502 (40%) endoscopic centers completed the survey. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) were available in most centers, but filtering face-piece masks (FFP2 or FFP3) and negative pressure room were not in 10.9 and 75.1%. Training courses on PPE use were provided in 57.2% of centers only; there was at least one positive HCW in 17.4% of centers globally, 107/3308 (3.2%) HCWs were diagnosed with COVID-19 with similar rates of physicians (2.9%), nurses (3.5%) and other health operators (3.5%). Involvement in a COVID-19 care team (OR:4.96) and the lack of training courses for PPE, (OR:2.65) were associated with increased risk.CONCLUSIONS: The risk of COVID-19 among endoscopy HCWs was not negligible and was associated with work in a COVID-19 care team and lack of education on proper PPE use. These data deserve attention during the subsequent waves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)N/A-N/A
JournalDIGESTIVE AND LIVER DISEASE
Volume2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Risk
  • Precautions
  • Endoscopy

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