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Application of ergonomic guidelines during minimally invasive surgery: a questionnaire survey of 284 surgeons.
Surg Endosc. 2006 Aug; 20(8):1268-74.SE

Abstract

BACKGROUND

This study aimed to obtain an answer for the question: Are ergonomic guidelines applied in the operating room and what are the consequences?

METHODS

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.

RESULTS

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.

CONCLUSIONS

The lack of ergonomic guidelines awareness is a major problem that poses a tough position for ergonomics in the operating room.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Landbergstraat 15, 2628, CE, Delft, The Netherlands. l.s.g.l.wauben@tudelft.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16858528

Citation

Wauben, L S G L., et al. "Application of Ergonomic Guidelines During Minimally Invasive Surgery: a Questionnaire Survey of 284 Surgeons." Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 20, no. 8, 2006, pp. 1268-74.
Wauben LS, van Veelen MA, Gossot D, et al. Application of ergonomic guidelines during minimally invasive surgery: a questionnaire survey of 284 surgeons. Surg Endosc. 2006;20(8):1268-74.
Wauben, L. S., van Veelen, M. A., Gossot, D., & Goossens, R. H. (2006). Application of ergonomic guidelines during minimally invasive surgery: a questionnaire survey of 284 surgeons. Surgical Endoscopy, 20(8), 1268-74.
Wauben LS, et al. Application of Ergonomic Guidelines During Minimally Invasive Surgery: a Questionnaire Survey of 284 Surgeons. Surg Endosc. 2006;20(8):1268-74. PubMed PMID: 16858528.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Application of ergonomic guidelines during minimally invasive surgery: a questionnaire survey of 284 surgeons. AU - Wauben,L S G L, AU - van Veelen,M A, AU - Gossot,D, AU - Goossens,R H M, Y1 - 2006/07/20/ PY - 2005/09/20/received PY - 2006/02/18/accepted PY - 2006/7/22/pubmed PY - 2006/9/22/medline PY - 2006/7/22/entrez SP - 1268 EP - 74 JF - Surgical endoscopy JO - Surg Endosc VL - 20 IS - 8 N2 - BACKGROUND: This study aimed to obtain an answer for the question: Are ergonomic guidelines applied in the operating room and what are the consequences? METHODS: 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. RESULTS: 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. CONCLUSIONS: The lack of ergonomic guidelines awareness is a major problem that poses a tough position for ergonomics in the operating room. SN - 1432-2218 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16858528/Application_of_ergonomic_guidelines_during_minimally_invasive_surgery:_a_questionnaire_survey_of_284_surgeons_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -