This study aimed to evaluate the association between personal and job characteristics and the risk of upper limb work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) among operating room nurses (ORNs). To this end, we collected data from 148 ORNs working at 8 Italian hospitals and measured any upper limb disabilities experienced in the previous year using the Italian version of the disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) questionnaire. The associations between personal and job characteristics and risk of upper limb WMSDs were estimated by unconditional logistic regression models. The prevalence of upper limb WMSDs was 45.9%. Multivariate analysis showed the “female gender” and “monthly hours spent working as a scrub nurse” to be directly associated with a higher DASH score (adjusted OR for gender = 5.37, 95% CI: 1.65–17.51, p < 0.01; adjusted OR for monthly hours as scrub nurse = 3.09, 95% CI: 1.33–7.19, p < 0.01). Overall, our findings indicate that a full-time job (>120 h/month) as a scrub nurse significantly increases the risk of developing upper limb WMSDs among female ORNs. Thus, to reduce such risk in this particularly sensitive population, we recommend urgent implementation of ergonomic interventions on surgical equipment alongside job rotation and medical surveillance programs.
Upper limb work-related musculoskeletal disorders in operating room nurses : a multicenter cross-sectional study / M. Clari, G. Garzaro, M. Di Maso, F. Donato, A. Godono, M. Paleologo, V. Dimonte, E. Pira. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 1661-7827. - 16:16(2019), pp. 2844.1-2844.10.
|Titolo:||Upper limb work-related musculoskeletal disorders in operating room nurses : a multicenter cross-sectional study|
|Parole Chiave:||Ergonomic; Musculoskeletal disorders; Occupational exposure; Occupational medicine; Operating room; Scrub nurse; Adult; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Italy; Male; Middle Aged; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Occupational Diseases; Prevalence; Risk Factors; Upper Extremity; Operating Rooms; Perioperative Nursing|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/44 - Medicina del Lavoro|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162844|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|