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The Incidence of Upper Extremity Injuries in Endoscopy Nurses

Drysdale, Susan A. BA, RN, CGRN, CGN

doi: 10.1097/01.SGA.0000278167.90187.c7
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Endoscopy nurses are at risk for upper extremity injury because of the nature of their work, yet there has been little attention to this problem in the literature. The purpose of this study was to explore whether endoscopy nurses commonly experience upper extremity injuries and to identify factors associated with upper extremity injuries in this population. Results reveal that for this sample, endoscopy nurses working full-time are at the highest risk for injury, suggesting the importance of ergonomics in the endoscopy suite.

Susan A. Drysdale, BA, RN, CGRN, CGN, is Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (CSGNA) Manitoba Chapter Secretary, CSGNA, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Correspondence to: Susan A. Drysdale, BA, RN, CGRN, CGN, CSGNA Manitoba Chapter Secretary, 63 Claremont Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H1V7, Canada (e-mail: sadrysdale@shaw.ca or suzieannedrysdale@hotmail.com).

Received November 14, 2006; accepted December 22, 2006.

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