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World J Gastrointest Endosc. Apr 16, 2021; 13(4): 111-114
Published online Apr 16, 2021. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v13.i4.111
Vinyl bag cover method to avoid droplet-containing aerosol escape from endoscopic forceps channel caps during COVID-19 pandemic (with Video 1 and Video 2)
Kazuya Akahoshi, Shinichi Tamura, Kazuaki Akahoshi, Yoriko Kaneshiro, Reiichi Sashihara, Kento Uemura, Kenta Sato
Kazuya Akahoshi, Shinichi Tamura, Kazuaki Akahoshi, Yoriko Kaneshiro, Reiichi Sashihara, Kento Uemura, Kenta Sato, Endoscopy Center, Aso Iizuka Hospital, Iizuka 820-8505, Japan
Author contributions: Akahoshi K designed the method; Akahoshi K, Tamura S, Akahoshi K, Kaneshiro Y, Sashihara R, Uemura K and Sato K conducted research; Akahoshi K (the first author) wrote the letter.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Authors declare no conflicts of interest for this article.
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Corresponding author: Kazuya Akahoshi, MD, PhD, Chief Doctor, Director, Endoscopy Center, Aso Iizuka Hospital, 3-83 Yoshio, Iizuka 820-8505, Japan. kakahoshi2@aol.com
Received: December 24, 2020
Peer-review started: December 24, 2020
First decision: January 25, 2021
Revised: February 6, 2021
Accepted: March 12, 2021
Article in press: March 12, 2021
Published online: April 16, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: The world is experiencing a viral pandemic. The main avenues of droplet-containing aerosol generated during gastrointestinal endoscopy are the mouth, anus, and endoscopic forceps channel. Although the usefulness of personal protective equipment for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 dissemination has been well reported, measures to address infected aerosol escaping via endoscopic forceps use have been neglected. We developed a technique using a vinyl bag to cover the hole through which forceps enter the gastrointestinal lumen. It prevents endoscopy room contamination by disallowing infected aerosol to escape via the forceps entrance. It thus protects the endoscopy room and staff during endoscopy.