Ergonomic problems encountered by the surgical team during video endoscopic surgery

Kaya O. I., Moran M., ÖZKARDEŞ A. B., Taskin E. Y., Seker G. E., Ozmen M. M.

Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques, vol.18, no.1, pp.40-44, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to analyze the problems related to the ergonomic conditions faced by video endoscopic surgical teams during video endoscopic surgery by means of a questionnaire. METHODS: A questionnaire was distributed to 100 medical personnel, from 8 different disciplines, who performed video endoscopic surgeries. Participants were asked to answer 13 questions related to physical, perceptive, and cognitive problems. RESULTS: Eighty-two questionnaires were returned. Although there were differences among the disciplines, participants assessment of various problems ranged from 32% to 72% owing to poor ergonomic conditions. CONCLUSIONS: As the problems encountered by the staff during video endoscopic surgery and the poor ergonomic conditions of the operating room affect the productivity of the surgical team and the safety and efficiency of the surgery, redesigning of the instruments and the operating room is required. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.