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Musculoskeletal injuries among ERCP endoscopists in Canada: DISCUSSION Part 1

DISCUSSIONSince 1992, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been preparing federal legislation in the United States concerning ergonomic hazards in at-risk workplaces. We are unaware of such legislation in Canada. Sufficient evidence and documentation of the association between several health care professions and musculoskeletal disorders of the back and upper extremities have led to the implementation of various ergonomic considerations for such professions. Similar considerations need to be implemented for endoscopists who perform ERCP and other procedures on a repetitive basis. Until sufficient evidence and documentation demonstrate a need for risk management among endoscopists, no action will be taken to implement preventive strategies to protect the profession at large. Efficient treatment has got less costly: find asthma inhalers at best online pharmacy.

Back, neck and hand pain, respectively, were the most frequently reported symptoms and are all consistent with the physical risk factors involved in performing ERCPs leading to RSIs. A total of 79% of injured respondents were bothered by their symptoms while performing ERCP, and 74% felt that their conditions were attributable to endoscopy and ERCP, suggesting the potential cause and effect relationship between ERCP and musculoskeletal injuries.

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