Features  |   December 2019
Physical Hazards in the Anesthesiologist’s Workplace
Author Affiliations
  • Mary Ann Vann, M.D., FASA
    Past Chair, Committee on Occupational Health
  • Jonathan D. Katz, M.D.
    Past Chair, Committee on Occupational Health
Article Information
Critical Care / Pain Medicine / Respiratory System / Features / Opioid
Features   |   December 2019
Physical Hazards in the Anesthesiologist’s Workplace
ASA Monitor 12 2019, Vol.83, 16-18.
ASA Monitor 12 2019, Vol.83, 16-18.
Anesthesiologists have recently become more aware of aspects of the occupation that may be detrimental to one’s health. In 1999, Stephen Jackson, M.D., warned about stresses on anesthesiologists and the rise in disability claims within the profession.1  This article will explore a few of the physical hazards present in the anesthesia workplace today.
The scientific specialty known as ergonomics was introduced as an academic discipline 50 years ago. It is described as the practice of designing equipment, tasks and the workplace to match the physical capabilities of the worker to prevent injuries. Health care workers have high rates of occupational injuries, greater than construction or manufacturing workers.2 
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