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Noise exposure due to orthopaedic saws in simulated TKR surgery

Sydney, Sarah E., Lepp, Aaron J., Whitehouse, Sarah L., & Crawford, Ross W. (2007) Noise exposure due to orthopaedic saws in simulated TKR surgery. Journal of Arthroplasty, 22(8), pp. 1193-1197.

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Abstract

In some orthopaedic procedures, including total knee arthroplasty (TKA), surgeons are exposed to noise generated by powered instruments, with a risk of developing occupational hearing loss. A new saw design, the Stryker PrecisionTM system, has been developed which may reduce noise during TKA surgery. The new system was tested against a standard Stryker System-5 sagittal saw in simulated TKA surgery using porcine cadaveric femurs, and noise levels from the cuts were measured. The average noise level of the PrecisionTM system, LAeq=81.6dBA, was significantly lower than that of the System-5 saw, LAeq=88.9dBA (p=0.003). Calculated 8-hour values for both blade systems were within Health & Safety guidelines. It was concluded that the PrecisionTM system produced a lower risk of noise-induced hearing loss than the System-5 saw

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ID Code: 11807
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Orthopaedic Saw, Occupational Noise, Noise, Induced Hearing Loss
DOI: 10.1016/j.arth.2007.05.048
ISSN: 0883-5403
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 11 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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