carpel tunnel syndrome etc.

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From:"Barry Rittman" <>
Date:Tue, 11 May 1999 11:26:43 -0500
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            sorry the delete reflex is faster than the other neuronal
I believe that many of the increasing number of work related injuries
may be due to the repetitive tasks that many histotechs are expected to
carry out  compared to previous work.  I would also suspect that these
are less frequent in the smaller labs where individuals have to
coorodinate and carry out multiple tasks during the day.
Back in the dark ages just after I hatched from the egg, I worked in a
lab with about 8-10 other histotechs. We all worked at processing,
cutting , mounting and staining. It was rare for anyone to spend more
than a half day at the microtome or any other laboratory task. Our work
was coordinated by the chief technician. It appears to me that in many
of the pathology laboratories here, an individual may spend an entire
week just cutting and mounting sections or just doing special stains.
At the same time many supervisors may spent a considerable amount of
time at the computer generating reports etc. My wife recently had some
wrist problems while working at the computer for several hours a day.
These problems were solved by purchasing a Logitech mouse with a ball
that rotated instead having to slide the mouse over the pad.
Is there any data to relate hours spent cutting sections or other
repetitive tasks to such injuries?

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