Safety risk for subjects suffering from syncope while working has not been as yet addressed by occupational medicine. The present study was aimed at evaluating a new developed methodology for job tasks risk stratification in patients with syncope. During a work-shop on syncope and occupational risk, 149 occupational physicians (OP) with about 10 years of clinical experience were asked to fulfil a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) concerning the doctor's estimated potential damage (D) to the worker and the probability of a damage to occur (P) should syncope take place during the job task. Five job tasks characterized by different risk for safety (1, driving; 2, toxic products handling; 3, job performed closed to hot surfaces o free flames; 4, surgical activity; 5, office job) were identified. OP correctly stratified the risk associated to the different job tasks in patients with syncope. Unexpectedly, task #3 was given a risk similar to that obtained in drivers. This might be of paramount clinical and social importance when patients with syncope have to return to their job tasks.

[Syncope and work: role of the occupational physician and global risk stratification] / F. Barbic, L. Angaroni, M. Orlandi, G. Costantino, E. Dipaola, D. Borleri, R. Borchini, F. D'Adda, F. Perego, M. Borella, A. Galli, M. Solbiati, E. Scanella, G. Casazza, P. Seghizzi, R. Furlan. - In: GIORNALE ITALIANO DI MEDICINA DEL LAVORO ED ERGONOMIA. - ISSN 1592-7830. - 33:3 Suppl(2011), pp. 303-305.

[Syncope and work: role of the occupational physician and global risk stratification]

L. Angaroni;G. Costantino;F. Perego;M. Solbiati;G. Casazza;R. Furlan
2011

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Safety risk for subjects suffering from syncope while working has not been as yet addressed by occupational medicine. The present study was aimed at evaluating a new developed methodology for job tasks risk stratification in patients with syncope. During a work-shop on syncope and occupational risk, 149 occupational physicians (OP) with about 10 years of clinical experience were asked to fulfil a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) concerning the doctor's estimated potential damage (D) to the worker and the probability of a damage to occur (P) should syncope take place during the job task. Five job tasks characterized by different risk for safety (1, driving; 2, toxic products handling; 3, job performed closed to hot surfaces o free flames; 4, surgical activity; 5, office job) were identified. OP correctly stratified the risk associated to the different job tasks in patients with syncope. Unexpectedly, task #3 was given a risk similar to that obtained in drivers. This might be of paramount clinical and social importance when patients with syncope have to return to their job tasks.
Female; Humans; Male; Questionnaires; Risk Assessment; Occupational Health; Occupational Medicine; Physician's Role; Syncope
Settore MED/09 - Medicina Interna
Settore MED/44 - Medicina del Lavoro
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