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Noise pollution in the operating room: a hazard to surgeons, personnel, and patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1490048     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Noise levels up to 118 dB--a level that is potentially damaging to the hearing--were measured in the operating room, notably during the use of high-speed gas turbine bone-cutting drills. Suction tips, which had trapped tissue "whistles" inside, yielded noise levels of up to 96 dB. Surgeons, staff, and patients should be cautioned against such noises and shielded in prolonged cases. We offer a review of acoustical criteria for various practical noises and duration of safe exposure.
C D Ray; R Levinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of spinal disorders     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0895-0385     ISO Abbreviation:  J Spinal Disord     Publication Date:  1992 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-02-26     Completed Date:  1993-02-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904842     Medline TA:  J Spinal Disord     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  485-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Ear Protective Devices
Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / prevention & control*
Intraoperative Complications / prevention & control
Middle Aged
Noise / adverse effects*
Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
Operating Rooms*
Surgical Equipment / adverse effects*
Tinnitus / etiology,  prevention & control*

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