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Meltzer AJ, Hallbeck MS, Morrow MM, et al. Measuring Ergonomic Risk in Operating Surgeons by Using Wearable Technology. JAMA Surg. 2020;155(5):444–446. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.6384
The health care workforce faces numerous occupational hazards, leading to rates of injury and absenteeism that exceed those of the construction and manufacturing sectors.1,2 To date, efforts to address these problems have focused on improving safety for support staff, nurses, and allied health care personnel. Work-associated pain among surgeons has garnered less attention, despite the implications of practitioner injury and disability on the surgical workforce.3
Ergonomists have long recognized the potential hazards facing the surgeon; from the ergonomic standpoint, surgery has been described as “a mess.”4(p1011) However, research has suffered from the absence of an objective means to measure surgeons’ ergonomic stress. This study describes the ergonomic risks of surgery using wearable sensor inertial measurement units (IMUs) to monitor the ergonomics of surgeons at work and identifies risk factors for injury.
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