XO CARE has a long-standing partnership collaboration with Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main due to our common profound interest in the ergonomic and occupational health of dental practitioners.
XO CARE has recently been contacted by Dr. Werner Betz from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, where he and his team are currently conducting a highly interesting research project and are looking for a selection of dental practitioners to participate in a study.
Dental clinics using XO's FLEX unit have been invited to join this research project (see details of the study below) in which researchers will test the postures during dental work to find out whether the four basic concepts (arrangement principle of the treatment unit) demonstrably differ ergonomically with regard to the working posture.
We are looking much forward to follow this project and its results.
Survey of biomechanical measurement, strength training and ergonomics training (SOpEZ)
Musculoskeletal diseases are part of everyday work in dentistry. This always more frequently leads to absenteeism from work, for example, due to back pain. To address this problem is being carried out on behalf of the Employer's Liability Insurance Association for Health Services (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege (BGW) a study on the optimization of ergonomics in dentistry (SOpEZ).
Musculoskeletal disorders lead to large expenditures on the health system. In Germany, the cost of these diseases will account for about 10% of the cost of the disease in 2015. Besides, a large number of work incapacity days are due to complaints of the musculoskeletal system to lead you back to the same place.
In spite of its important role, back disease as such in dentistry is not a recognized occupational disease.
For this reason, the BGW, about which a large part of the of the dental assistants are insured, has given a large-scale cooperation project to the Institute for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, the Centre of Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine (Carolinum) and the Policlinic for Orthodontics of the University Hospital of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in commission in the future, the risk of musculoskeletal diseases is to be sustainably reduced. And consequently, also reduces work-related absenteeism or early retirement in this respect. This may also include the modification of the current arrangement of the treatment units through an improved ergonomic design of the workplace setting.