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Routine Microscopy: Improving Productivity Through Better Ergonomics

Routine Microscopy: Improving Productivity Through Better Ergonomics

“For histopathologists, it’s very important to have a fully ergonomic microscope, because we do a lot of microscopy ... four to six hours a day is quite common.” Delaram Kermani, a consultant cellular pathologist at North Middlesex University Hospital certainly knows about this, having unfortunately experienced work-related pains and injuries first hand.

In this article, James Geary, physiotherapist at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster, UK, describes the issues encountered by professionals carrying out daily microscopy tasks. A five-point checklist will detail a step-by-step guide to setting up a microscope with ergonomics in mind and Delaram’s story will demonstrate how changes in both equipment and customisation can have immediate real-world benefits, reducing pain and improving productivity.

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