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Ergonomics reviews: intra-operative microbreaks and stretch

Authors: Julie Hallet, MD MSc FRCSC FSSO
- Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Division of Surgical Oncology, Odette Cancer Centre – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto Ontario, Canada

Susan Hallbeck, PhD
- Division of Health Care Delivery Research, Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
- Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

In this instalment of our surgical ergonomics series, Julie Hallet and Susan Hallbeck explore the role of intraoperative microbreaks in improving operating room ergonomics, reducing OR staff discomfort and enhancing mental focus. They review research and evidence demonstrating how these breaks can improve surgical accuracy and performance and, ultimately, benefit surgeon wellness and patient safety. They also describe practical applications to facilitate these microbreaks in the OR , including a web-based app designed specifically for this purpose.

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