Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Ophthalmologists and How to Prevent Them
Scott E. Olitsky, MD; Safeer F. Siddicky, MS; Donny Suh, MD; Derek Sprunger, MD
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO
Purpose/Relevance: Musculoskeletal symptoms (MSSs) affect a large number of ophthalmologists. Unfortunately, our awareness of this increasingly frequent problem is far behind some of our colleagues in the healthcare industry. This leads to unnecessary injury, shortened careers and decreased capacity for healthcare|delivery. Awareness and preventative measures are important not only to protect ourselves but also our patients who depend on us for their healthcare.
This workshop will discuss the nature of the ergonomic issues important in the field of ophthalmology in general as well as some that may be specific to pediatric ophthalmology. Discussion will focus on the need for increased awareness, better clinic and equipment design and techniques that can be used in the operating room to lower the risk of injury. Preliminary evidence from recently designed motion analysis studies will be presented.
Target Audience: Pediatric ophthalmologists
Current Practice: Many pediatric ophthalmologists are unaware of the risks they face with regard to their own health while seeing patients or performing surgery. Improved knowledge of this issue and the ergonomic changes that can be made in both the clinic and the operating room can decrease these risks.
Best Practice: Utilization of data-driven qualifying criteria for equipment design (including surgical loupe selection and adjustment) and understanding of basic clinical ergonomics principles are crucial to maintaining balanced postures while seeing patients and while operating.
Expected Outcomes: Decreasing the risk of MSSs among pediatric ophthalmologists.
Format: This workshop will consist of a panel discussion, latest research information, selected case presentations and audience participation.
Specific recommendations regarding surgical loupe selection will be given.
Summary: This workshop will consist of an overview of MSSs that occur among ophthalmologists who treat children and adults with strabismus, with recommendations targeted at decreasing attendant musculoskeletal risks. It will also present preliminary findings from a recently designed motion analysis study that targets postures that may contribute to MSSs.
References: Dhimitri KC, McGwin G, McNeal SF, et al., Symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders in ophthalmologists. Am J Ophthalmol 139:179-81, 2005.