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Refocusing on work-based hazards for the anaesthesiologist in a post-pandemic era.

Authors
  • Nelson, Olivia1, 2
  • Greenwood, Eric3, 4
  • Simpao, Allan F1, 2
  • Matava, Clyde T3, 4
  • 1 Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • 2 Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
  • 3 Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
BJA open
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2023
Volume
8
Pages
100234–100234
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.bjao.2023.100234
PMID: 37942056
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic has raised public awareness of one of the many hazards that healthcare workers face daily: exposure to harmful pathogens. The anaesthesia workplace encompasses the operating room, interventional radiology suite, and other sites that contain many other potential occupational and environmental hazards. This review article highlights the work-based hazards that anaesthesiologists and other clinicians may encounter in the anaesthesia workplace: ergonomic design, physical, chemical, fire, biological, or psychological hazards. As the anaesthesia work environment enters a post-COVID-19 pandemic phase, anaesthesiologists will do well to review and consider these hazards. The current review includes proposed solutions to some hazards and identifies opportunities for future research. © 2023 The Author(s).

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