Author(s): Khajuria A, Maruthappu M, Nagendran M, Shalhoub J, Khajuria A, Maruthappu M, Nagendran M, Shalhoub J
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Abstract The safety of the patient and its importance in a surgical setting is well recognised. However, in the literature far less emphasis is placed upon the safety of the surgeon and his/her team. This review discusses the risks to which a surgeon is exposed, including blood-borne pathogens, radiation exposure, biomechanical stresses and fatigue, and the adverse effects of diathermy fumes. Strategies addressing these risks are presented and recommendations to improve surgical team safety are offered. Copyright © 2012 Surgical Associates Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Int J Surg
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