Townie® Poll

Ergonomics

Poll conducted from 10/2/2007 To 10/26/2007

Have you experienced back or neck pain associated with DH work?
379 total votes
87%
a. Yes
13%
b. No
Have you experienced hand, wrist or shoulder pain associated DH with work?
302 total votes
82%
a. Yes
18%
b. No
Which operator stool do you currently use?
280 total votes
2%
a. Orascoptic
0%
b. Link
1%
c. Crown
11%
d. Dentec
2%
e. Royal
2%
f. Ergo Comfort Seating
3%
g. Salli Saddle stool
0%
h. Scandex saddle stool
79%
i. Other
Do you use an operator chair with arm rests?
303 total votes
6%
a. Yes
94%
b. No
While working, where are your forearms?
302 total votes
29%
a. Parallel to the ground
51%
b. Slanted slightly upward
20%
c. Slanted slightly downward
What is your seated position?
300 total votes
63%
a. Thighs parallel to the floor
36%
b. Hips higher than thighs
1%
c. Knees higher than hips
Is you operator stool adjustable?
299 total votes
85%
a. Up and down only
1%
b. Up and down and arm rests
13%
c. Up and down, arm rests, and back
1%
d. Not adjustable
What is the delivery system for your operatory?
298 total votes
27%
a. Rear delivery
53%
b. Side deliver
20%
c. Over the patient delivery
What is your primary seating position?
299 total votes
75%
a. From the side of the patient
3%
b. Facing the patient
22%
c. From the back of the patient
For the maxillary arch, what is your primary seated position?
300 total votes
14%
a. 8 o'clock position
27%
b. 9 o'clock position
25%
c. 10 o'clock position
26%
d. 11 o'clock position
8%
e. Another position
For the mandibular arch, what is your primary seated position?
301 total votes
22%
a. 8 o'clock position
28%
b. 9 o'clock position
15%
c. 10 o'clock position
28%
d. 11 o'clock position
8%
e. Another position
Do you need to perch on the edge of your chair to work?
303 total votes
55%
a. Sometime
15%
b. Often
31%
c. Never
Do you ever stand while working?
301 total votes
71%
a. Occasionally
3%
b. Some with each patient
27%
c. Never
Does wearing loupes while working reduce your back and neck pain?
303 total votes
38%
a. Yes
8%
b. No
54%
c. Don't wear loupes
Have you ever purchased your own loupes?
296 total votes
43%
a. Yes
57%
b. No
Have you ever purchased your own light?
300 total votes
6%
a. Yes
94%
b. No
Have you ever purchased your own operator chair?
304 total votes
4%
a. Yes
96%
b. No
Are you willing to attend a seminar demonstrating ergonomically-correct operating procedures and equipment?
304 total votes
42%
a. Yes, and I am willing to pay for it
48%
b. Yes, if my office paid for it
10%
c. No
If improving ergonomics means learning to use new equipment and working in new positions, what are you willing to do?
303 total votes
77%
a. I am willing to learn and change
19%
b. I am somewhat willing to learn and change
4%
c. I am willing to learn and change only if I had to
1%
d. Not interested in changing
Would your employer invest in ergonomically-designed equipment for you?
300 total votes
13%
a. Yes, even for more expensive than average equipment
44%
b. Yes, if it didn't cost more than average equipment
43%
c. No
Which of the following needs to be changed first to improved DH ergonomics?
302 total votes
23%
a. Instruction in DH school
15%
b. Continuing education
17%
c. Patient chair
22%
d. Operator stool
13%
e. Delivery system
3%
f. Instruments
8%
g. Other

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