Worker Safety in Hybrid Operating Rooms


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GENÇTÜRK N. , AY F.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING SCIENCES, vol.11, pp.1990-1996, 2018 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING SCIENCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.1990-1996

Abstract

As a medical term “hybrid interventions” denotes performing various special treatments together with each other. Especially on high-risk patients and in treatments of complex pathologies, hybrid surgery where minimal invasive surgical techniques utilized together with invasive catheter interventions is a very effective treatment method. Hybrid operating rooms (OR) are treatment centers where; in patients advanced imaging for the purpose of diagnostics, surgery, stent or balloon applications, endovascular interventions, and/or if necessary, various combinations of those are employed and all sorts of interventions are applied on patients in the same environment. For that reason hybrid OR workers, in addition to the same risks other sector employees are faced with, are exposed to more different risks due to the nature of their occupation. Health-threat posing harms and risks to the health of healthcare workers employed in hybrid OR are defined as; biological, physical, chemical, ergonomic and psychological. Adversity in hybrid OR environments and workplace conditions negatively affect workers’ physical and mental health, work satisfaction, success and productivity. Therefore, probable harms and risks in hybrid OR should be defined and necessary precautions should be taken, should be inspected periodically and necessary trainings should be given to the healthcare workers.