Journal article

Exposure to noise in orthopaedic theatres - do we need protection?

Z Siverdeen, A Ali, AS Lakdawala, C Mckay

International Journal of Clinical Practice | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

AIM: To detect noise levels, generated by high-powered tools in orthopaedic theatres at varying distances from the operating site, and its impact on hearing in staff and patients. METHODS: Sound-level meter was used to measure the sound level generated by various high-powered tools in routine orthopaedic procedures, at varying distances from the operating site. These recorded noise levels were compared against the UK noise safety guidelines. RESULT: We found that the noise generated was often significantly higher than the safety guidelines. CONCLUSION: Noise levels in orthopaedic theatres can be at unacceptable levels, which could potentially lead to hearing problems in the staff and patient..

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