Prevalence of cervical spondylosis among interventional electrophysiologists

A recent study by David Birnie and associates from Canada [Prevalence and Risk Factors for Cervical and Lumbar Spondylosis in Interventional Electrophysiologists. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. 2011; 22:957–960] found an increased prevalence of cervical spondylosis among interventional electrophysiologists, compared to matched non interventional cardiologists (20.7% vs 5.5%, P = 0.033). Those with cervical spondylosis were older and had worked in the specialty for longer periods. There was also a trend for increased prevalence of lumbar spondylosis. Authors recommend programs to improve ergonomics and minimizing time spent wearing lead as a preventive measures. They suggest that same vigilance that is used to ensure radiation safety should be there in creating ergonomic safety.

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