Researchers at the University of Buffalo, Oregon State University, and other institutions, conducted an ergonomics postural assessment in real-time (ErgoPART) study to develop a tool to assess environmental, task, and postural variables during surgical work.
The study entered data that tracked the type of surgery being performed, the surgeon’s position, OR features, and the position of the surgeon’s neck, shoulders, and back. It determined with data points when surgeons were in non-neutral positions and for how long.
With data, surgeons can view immediate reports and become more aware of their posture. The end goal is to reduce or eliminate factors that can cause musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive strain injuries in surgeons. You can read the entire article here.
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