Ergonomic assessment and analysis of postural load of surgeons performing laparoscopic surgeries in Cuenca, Ecuador

Mónica Ordóñez-Ríos, Oswaldo Jara-Díaz, Juan C. Salamea, Vladimir Robles-Bykbaev

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Abstract

Despite current progress made in the design and development of surgical instruments, nowadays surgeons report ergonomics risks related to open, laparoscopic, and robotic procedures. A recent study carried out by Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) claims that nearly 61% of surgeons have reported ergonomic symptoms, and of this population, 55.4% attributed the symptoms to laparoscopic surgery, 36.3% to open surgery, and 8.3% to robotic surgery. The most of studies performed in ergonomics and surgical procedures analyze the following elements: (a) disposition of different elements used during laparoscopic procedures, (b) musculoskeletal symptoms, or (c) ergonomic assessment of postural load. However, it is important to mention that in South America, and specifically in Ecuador, few studies exist that solely analyze in a general way the ergonomic risk due to postural load. On those grounds, in this paper we present a study that is aimed on determining the risks experienced by surgeons in laparoscopic surgeries due to problems related with ergonomic factors, in Cuenca, Ecuador. To analyze the risks factors, we have used an approach that combines the anthropometric characteristics of surgeons and the evaluation of the operating room design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationErgonomic assessment and analysis of postural load of surgeons performing laparoscopic surgeries in Cuenca, Ecuador
EditorsVincent Duffy, Nancy Lightner
Pages427-437
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319604824
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing - , Germany
Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume590
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Country/TerritoryGermany
Period1/01/15 → …

Keywords

  • Anthropometric characteristics
  • Ergonomics
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Musculoskeletal symptoms
  • Postural risk level

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