Townie® Poll

Ergonomics

Poll conducted from 4/21/2006 To 5/18/2006

Have you experienced back or neck pain associated with DH work?
586 total votes
93%
Yes
7%
No
Have you experienced hand, wrist or shoulder pain associated DH with work?
479 total votes
84%
Yes
16%
No
Which operator stool do you currently use?
429 total votes
1%
Orascoptic
5%
Saddle stool
54%
Other
1%
Link
2%
Crown
3%
Dentech
2%
Royal
20%
A-dec
0%
Napa
11%
Pelton & Crane
1%
Ergo Comfort Seating
Do you use an operator chair with arm rests?
452 total votes
6%
Yes
94%
No
While working, are your forearms:
447 total votes
32%
Parallel to the ground
45%
Slanted slightly upward
22%
Slanted slightly downward
Is your seated position:
441 total votes
67%
Thighs parallel to the floor
32%
Hips higher than thighs
0%
Knees higher than hips
Is your operator stool adjustable:
440 total votes
35%
Up & down only
38%
Up &down and backrest
20%
Up & down, backrest and tilting seat
5%
Up & down, backrest, tilting seat and arm rests
2%
Not adjustable
Is the delivery system for your operatory:
434 total votes
29%
Rear delivery
48%
Side deliver
23%
Over-the-patient delivery
For the maxillary arch, is your seated position primarily:
437 total votes
20%
8 o’clock position
31%
9 o’clock position
20%
10 o’clock position
21%
11 o’clock position
8%
Another position
For the mandibular arch, is your seated position primarily:
437 total votes
20%
8 o’clock position
25%
9 o’clock position
16%
10 o’clock position
28%
11 o’clock position
11%
Another position
Do you need to perch on the edge of your chair to work?
435 total votes
48%
Sometimes
19%
Often
33%
Never
Do you ever stand while working?
431 total votes
73%
Occasionally
2%
Some with each patient
25%
Never
Does wearing loupes while working reduce your back and neck pain?
432 total votes
34%
Yes
7%
No
59%
Don’t wear loupes
Have you ever purchased your own loupes?
422 total votes
34%
Yes
66%
No
Have you ever purchased your own stool?
424 total votes
4%
Yes
96%
No
Are you willing to attend a seminar demonstrating ergonomically-correct: operating procedures and equipment?
421 total votes
55%
Yes, and I am willing to pay for it
40%
Yes, if my employer pays for it
5%
No
If improving ergonomics means learning to use new equipment and working in new positions, are you:
419 total votes
78%
Willing to learn and change
19%
Somewhat willing to learn and change
2%
Willing to learn and change only if I had to
1%
Not interested in changing
Would your employer invest in ergonomically-designed equipment for you?
409 total votes
17%
Yes, even for more expensive than average equipment
40%
Yes, if it didn’t cost more than average equipment
42%
No
Which of the following needs to be changed first to improved DH ergonomics?
399 total votes
25%
Instruction in DH school
17%
Continuing education
13%
Patient chair
21%
Operator stool
14%
Delivery system
1%
Instruments
11%
Other

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