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Measuring Ergonomic Risk in Operating Surgeons by Using Wearable Technology

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Andrew J. Meltzer, MD, MBA; M. Susan Hallbeck, PhD; Melissa M. Morrow, PhD; Bethany R. Lowndes, PhD; Victor J. Davila, MD; William M. Stone, MD; Samuel R. Money, MD

Using wearable technology, Meltzer et al. demonstrated that surgeon-reported risk factors for pain included longer case length, increased years in pratice, use of loupes, and use of headlights. Further research is needed in order to improve surgeon ergonomics, especially around cardio-thoracic surgeons, who routinely wear loupes, headlights, and have some of the longest case lenghts. 

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