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J Korean Med Assoc. 2011 Jul;54(7):730-736. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2011.54.7.730
Bai SJ , Lee KY .
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. kylee@yuhs.ac
Abstract

Hospital personnel are subject to various occupational hazards. Along with the development of modern medicine, novel and diverse medical appliances have been introduced to enhance the safety of the hospital environment. But paradoxically, some advancement of the appliances have led to exposure to greater risk for the personnel in the operation room. In the past, the greatest risk factor in the operation room was outbreak of fire and explosion, but the risk of explosion has vanished by the development of nonexplosive anesthetics. However, newly introduced electrical appliances and unknown infectious diseases appear to be new risk factors affecting health workers in the operation room. The goal of this review is to investigate the current risk factors and thereby prepare suitable preventive methods. We have reviewed the main occupational hazards affecting health workers in the operation room: accidents such as fires, explosions, electrical accidents; exposure to residual anesthetic gas; radiation; various infections; drug dependencies.

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