Directly provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS®)
Authors: Purushottam Nagarkar MD
Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery® Editors:
Editor-in-Chief: Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Co-Editor: James M. Stuzin, MD
Section Editor: Donald H. Lalonde, MD
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The ASPS designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Patient Safety Credit: 0.5
Media: Journal Article
Publish Date: 7/1/2018
Estimated time to complete this course: 1.0 hour
Minimum Post-test Score to Claim Credit: 80%
This educational activity is intended for plastic surgery practitioners, residents, and other healthcare professionals interested in translating expanded knowledge into practice for the improvement of patient outcomes in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Health care workers are exposed to significant occupational hazards, and have a risk of injury similar to that of construction, mining, and manufacturing employees. Plastic surgeons must have a clear understanding of the types of risks they face and the techniques for mitigating them. Exposure to some risks is attributable to unavoidable occupational conditions, but others can be avoided completely. The sources of injury risk from musculoskeletal, exposure, and other causes are discussed in this article, and evidence-based recommendations to ameliorate these risks are presented.
After studying this article, the participant should be able to:
- Recognize the primary physical and mental risks faced by the practicing plastic surgeon.
- State the primary risk factors for cervical spine disease and back pain.
- State the critical steps for protection from ionizing and nonionizing radiation.
- List the characteristics of a surgeon exhibiting signs of burnout.
- Develop a plan for mitigating personal risk of musculoskeletal, exposure, and other injuries.
Dr. Rohrich, MD is the Principal/Co-Principal Investigator of research grants awarded to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, from Medicis, Mentor, and Contura Pharmaceutical. All research funds are provided directly to UT Southwestern. Dr. Stuzin has no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. Dr. Lalonde is a consultant for ASSI Instruments. None of the authors have any relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. All ASPS staff members managing this activity have no relevant financial relationships or affiliations to disclose. All identified conflicts of interest have been resolved and the educational content thoroughly vetted by ASPS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The ASPS also requires faculty/authors to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity or included in related materials.
Participants must have internet access, browser software (either Chrome, Firefox, or InternetExplorer), Adobe Flash, and Adobe Reader. Supported Operating & Browser Systems: Microsoft Windows - IE7 or later, Firefox 3.x or later, Chrome 8.x or later. Macintosh Mac OS - Firefox 3.x or later, Safari 4.x or later. Linux - Firefox 3.x or later. Minimum Hardware Configurations: Windows - Intel Pentium II 450MHz or faster processor and 128MB of RAM. Macintosh - Power PC G3 500 MHz or faster processor OR Intel Core Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor and 128MB of RAM. Linux - Modern processor 800MHz or faster and 512MB of RAM with 128MB of graphics memory.
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