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1- Department of Anesthesiology, School of Paramedicine, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
2- Research Center for Health Sciences and Department of Ergonomics, School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
3- Department of Ergonomics, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran , hamidsaednia@gmail.com
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Background and Objective: The exposure of hospital personnel to anesthetic gases in various parts of health centers, such as operating rooms and recovery rooms, can exert serious effects on a person's physical and mental health. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of demographic variables on the prevalence of neurotoxic symptoms in operating room personnel.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 404 operating room personnel in western Iran. Euroquest questionnaire and demographic checklist were used for data collection. Data were analyzed in SPSS software (version 23) using t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson correlation. A p-value of  0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Results: Based on the obtained results, the rate of neurotoxic symptoms was higher in men, compared to women, and this difference was statistically significant. Nevertheless,  no significant difference was observed between single and married employees and morning and shift staff in neurotoxic symptoms. Moreover, there was no significant correlation between neurotoxic symptoms with age and experience of the subjects.
Conclusion: Symptoms were higher in some demographic groups; therefore, it is recommended to use appropriate training programs or management techniques, such as job rotation in operating room personnel.
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Type of Study: Research Article | Subject: Ergonomics

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