Application of ergonomic guidelines during minimally invasive surgery: a questionnaire survey of 284 surgeons
- L. S. G. L. WaubenAffiliated withDelft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering Email author
- , M. A. van VeelenAffiliated withDelft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
- , D. GossotAffiliated withThoracic Department, Institut Mutualiste Montsouris
- , R. H. M. GoossensAffiliated withDelft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
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This study aimed to obtain an answer for the question: Are ergonomic guidelines applied in the operating room and what are the consequences?
A total of 1,292 questionnaires were sent by email or handed out to surgeons and residents. The subjects worked mainly in Europe, performing laparoscopic and/or thoracoscopic procedures within the digestive, thoracic, urologic, gynecologic, and pediatric disciplines.
In response, 22% of the questionnaires were returned. Overall, the respondents reported discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and back (almost 80%). There was not one specific cause for the physical discomfort. In addition, 89% of the 284 respondents were unaware of ergonomic guidelines, although 100% stated that they find ergonomics important.
The lack of ergonomic guidelines awareness is a major problem that poses a tough position for ergonomics in the operating room.
KeywordsEndoscopy Human factors MIS Operating room Physical complaints
- Application of ergonomic guidelines during minimally invasive surgery: a questionnaire survey of 284 surgeons
Surgical Endoscopy And Other Interventional Techniques
Volume 20, Issue 8 , pp 1268-1274
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- 1. Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Landbergstraat 15, 2628, CE, Delft, The Netherlands
- 2. Thoracic Department, Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, F-75014, Paris, France