Unveiling the Vein Burden: Exploring Varicose Veins among Nurses

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge another challenge faced by nurses: the risk of varicose veins associated with their profession.

In 2019, a study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies investigated this issue. The study included 770 female nurses as participants and found that 33.5% of them had varicose veins. The authors noted that the incidence of varicose veins among nurses was higher than that in the general female population.

Another study published in the Journal of Occupational Health examined the risk factors for varicose veins among female healthcare professionals, including nurses. The study involved 2,311 participants and identified prolonged standing and age as significant risk factors for varicose veins in this population. Occupational factors play a crucial role in the occurrence of varicose veins, and nurses are more susceptible due to the demands of their work environment.

According to Dr. Smile Medical Group, the number of patients engaged in nursing work treated at various vein centers across the country has exceeded 300 in the past five years.

Nurses often engage in prolonged periods of standing, which increases pressure on the leg veins. This prolonged standing or sitting can affect blood flow and contribute to the development of varicose veins.

Nurses may be required to lift and move critically ill or immobile patients, placing additional strain on the veins and hindering blood circulation.

Many nurses work continuously without breaks or opportunities for movement. Lack of physical activity and prolonged immobility can disrupt blood circulation and increase the risk of varicose veins.

Increasing awareness of varicose veins among nurses and providing opportunities for rest, movement, and encouraging the use of compression stockings can help reduce the risk.

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