Ugeskr Læger 2014;176:V06140355
Micropauses during surgery may benefit surgeons and patients
Long working hours can lead to physical and mental fatigue. Surveys show that many surgeons suffer from musculoskeletal disorders. A method used to counter fatigue is frequent short pauses. Micropauses in prevention of musculoskeletal disorders appear to be effective, but more clinical research is needed. Studies show that micropauses may reduce muscular fatigue and improve concentration and precision of surgeons but the effect on patient outcome is still unknown.