Ergonomics: an important factor in the operating room

VURAL F., Sutsunbuloglu E.

Journal of Perioperative Practice, vol.26, pp.174-178, 2016 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Volume: 26
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1750458916026007-804
  • Journal Name: Journal of Perioperative Practice
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.174-178
  • Keywords: Ergonomics, Operating room, Perioperative nursing, Work-related musculoskeletal disorders WRMSDs
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


© 2015 The Association for Perioperative Practice All legal and moral rights reserved.There is a mutual interaction between health and the workplace. Health affects the capacity to work and working conditions affect a worker's health. Operating rooms (ORs) are stressful, complex settings in which there are ergonomic risk factors, such as lifting/moving heavy equipment. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) can arise due to unhealthy ergonomic conditions. Our study showed that nurses had been absent from work and/or retired early due to WRMSDs. Good ergonomic conditions in ORs increase nurses' occupational health and safety, their job satisfaction and performance. These factors contribute to patient care outcomes in a positive way.