There are many hazards being recognized more often in anesthesia providers, like fatigue, stress, depression, burnout, suicide, needle injuries, and substance misuse.
A recent Association of Anaesthetists (UK and Ireland) online survey addresses upper limb musculoskeletal issues in anesthesiologists.
Thirty‐four per cent (n = 3884) reported they had a formal diagnosis of an upper limb disorder, with cervical disc prolapse/degeneration and rotator cuff tendinitis being the most common single diagnoses; there were significant associations between reporting upper limb disorders and the number of years since starting anaesthetic training, having children (irrespective of the number of children) and being right‐handed, these latter perhaps representing co-burdens.
It is readily comprehensible that poor ergonomics frequently occur in performing tasks like stooping during airway manipulation or central line insertion, and extreme spinal rotations occur in over-reaching even during neuraxial anesthesia.
The figures seemed high but there are limitations to the survey, which was limited to members only, response rate was 38%, and biases not accounted for. The whole biopsychosocial aspect of pain and disability is not encompassed. However efforts to improve ergonomics seem worth pursuing (videolaryngoscopy being one such improvement in overall non-stooping posture).