High levels of concentration and prolonged posture in front of a visual
display terminal (VDT) can lead to a series of physical problems such
as eye fatigue and pain or discomfort in the hands, wrist, arms, shoulders,
neck or back. Corrective measures are usually simple and inexpensive and
with a little knowledge of the principles of ergonomics we can save much
discomfort. Based on the currently available literature on the subject
and after consultation with different health professionals in the field
we will review the most common causes of VDT and repetitive stress related
illnesses and check out work habits, work station design and proper use
of workstation components.
V. Newey has a background in nursing and public health education.
She presently works as an author’s editor for biomedical researchers
at Hospital de Sant Pau i la Santa Creu, a tertiary care university hospital
in Barcelona, Spain.