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.

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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Dalla Toffola, E., Rodigari, A., Di Natali, G., Ferrari, S., & Mazzacane, B. (2009). Postura e affaticamento dei chirurghi in sala operatoria. Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia, 31(4), 414-418.