Postura e affaticamento dei chirurghi in sala operatoria

Translated title of the contribution: Posture and fatigue of surgeons in operating rooms

E. Dalla Toffola, A. Rodigari, G. Di Natali, S. Ferrari, B. Mazzacane

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It is a documented fact that if work activity entails prolonged static postures, repetitive movements and the assuming of incongruous positions, skeletal muscle disorders can arise. MATERIALS AND METHODS. 100 surgeons (74 M 26 F), average age 40.1, completed a questionnaire regarding work posture, fatigue and pain experienced after working in the operating theatre. RESULTS. 75% work standing up, the average operation duration time is 4.3 hours (max 8 hours); 50% are unable to change position during the operation and the average time spent in a fixed position is 2 hours (max 6 hours). 58% of surgeons report the onset of myoarticular pain after an average of 4.3 hours (1-8) of surgical activity, principally regarding the cervical and lumbar rachis. Only 9% know the ergonomie guidelines for surgery and only 3% apply them. CONCLUSIONS. Applying the ergonomie guidelines, modifying surgical equipment and increasing posture awareness could help improve comfort while operating and reduce skeletal muscle disorders.

Translated title of the contributionPosture and fatigue of surgeons in operating rooms
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)414-418
Number of pages5
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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