Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Original Article

The Awareness and Experience About Endoscopic Adverse Events Among South Korean Endoscopists


Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang Unversity, Guri, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Digestive Disease Center, Institute for Digestive Research, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul Good Morning Internal Medicine Clinic, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Eunpyoeng St. Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Daehang Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Suwon, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Yongin Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Yongin, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Goyang, Republic of Korea


Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Turk J Gastroenterol 2023; 34: 932-942
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2023.22256
Read: 709 Downloads: 301 Published: 10 August 2023

Background/Aims: The number of endoscopic procedures and related adverse events is increasing. We investigated South Korean endoscopists’ awareness and experience of endoscopic adverse events.

Materials and Methods: We used Google Forms to conduct an online questionnaire survey among South Korean endoscopists from December 11 to 29, 2020. The survey comprised 30 questions developed by members of the Quality Management Committee of the Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Results: In total, 475 endoscopists participated in the survey. Of these, 454 (95.6%) were board-certified gastroenterologists and 255 (53.7%) had >10 years of endoscopy experience. Most participants had experienced serious adverse events requiring hospitalization (80.4%, 382/475); however, only 100 (21.1%) were aware of programs for the prevention and management of adverse endoscopic events in their affiliated endoscopy centers. Most participants (98.5%, 468/475) agreed with the need for education on medical accidents for healthcare workers. Responses were inconsistent regarding the definition of adverse events formulated by the 2010 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Workshop. Most participants were not aware of the minimal standard terminology (76.6%, 364/475) and had not used it when writing endoscopy reports (88.8%, 422/475). Responses were inconsistent regarding which events to record in endoscopy records.

Conclusion: Further discussion on the nationwide adverse-event reporting system and education program for adverse events related to endoscopy is needed to ensure the safety of patients and endoscopists.

Cite this article as: Hye Oh E, Park J, Kyu Lee J, et al. The awareness and experience about endoscopic adverse events among south korean endoscopists. Turk J Gastroenterol. 2023;34(9):932-942.

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