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SCAI Survey: Interventionalists Continue to Face Risk of Work-related Injury Despite Increased Awareness

from SCAI

Nearly half of over 300 interventional cardiologists responding to a survey conducted by SCAI this past fall reported at least one work-related orthopedic complication. The findings, published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, indicate that occupational health issues are on the rise among interventional cardiologists.

The survey focused on orthopedic injuries to the spine, hips, knees and ankle, as well radiation-associated problems including cataracts and cancers. "The results of the SCAI survey highlight the unique health risks that interventional cardiologists and cath lab staff face as they diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease," said Lloyd W. Klein, MD, FSCAI, lead author of the paper. "Most concerning is the fact that these risks have increased since interventional cardiologists were last surveyed in 2004. The health and safety of our patients is always our top priority, but these findings point to a very real need to address workplace safety for interventional cardiologists and cath lab staff." Find out more about the results. more

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