Overview of human factors and ergonomics in the OR, with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgeries

Bethany R Lowndes, M. Susan Hallbeck

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Operating rooms (OR) are where medical teams work to improve the health of a patient. However, because of the complexity of the procedures, errors and unsafe situations are likely to occur. These complications can lead to harm to the patient or medical professionals. Human factors and ergonomic professionals have been working to improve these unsafe conditions in the OR for over a century. However, with advances in technology, increased surgical complexity, as well as an increase in medical team members in the OR, there are still numerous improvements yet to be accomplished. Minimally invasive surgeries require an even more advanced approach to prevent errors due to technology, fatigue, and miscommunication. Human factors and ergonomic techniques provide the ability to greatly improve conditions for patients and surgeons alike. It is imperative that human factors and ergonomics continue to grow and facilitate technological advancements in healthcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-317
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Fingerprint

Operating rooms
Ergonomics
Human engineering
Surgery
surgery
ergonomics
fatigue
Health
Fatigue of materials
ability
health

Keywords

  • Errors
  • Human factors and ergonomics
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Operating room
  • Sociotechnical systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Cite this

Overview of human factors and ergonomics in the OR, with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgeries. / Lowndes, Bethany R; Hallbeck, M. Susan.

In: Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing, Vol. 24, No. 3, 01.01.2014, p. 308-317.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{184b90f38aaa4ae184f6f584c2c44b56,
title = "Overview of human factors and ergonomics in the OR, with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgeries",
abstract = "Operating rooms (OR) are where medical teams work to improve the health of a patient. However, because of the complexity of the procedures, errors and unsafe situations are likely to occur. These complications can lead to harm to the patient or medical professionals. Human factors and ergonomic professionals have been working to improve these unsafe conditions in the OR for over a century. However, with advances in technology, increased surgical complexity, as well as an increase in medical team members in the OR, there are still numerous improvements yet to be accomplished. Minimally invasive surgeries require an even more advanced approach to prevent errors due to technology, fatigue, and miscommunication. Human factors and ergonomic techniques provide the ability to greatly improve conditions for patients and surgeons alike. It is imperative that human factors and ergonomics continue to grow and facilitate technological advancements in healthcare.",
keywords = "Errors, Human factors and ergonomics, Minimally invasive surgery, Operating room, Sociotechnical systems",
author = "Lowndes, {Bethany R} and Hallbeck, {M. Susan}",
year = "2014",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1002/hfm.20383",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "24",
pages = "308--317",
journal = "Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing",
issn = "1090-8471",
publisher = "John Wiley and Sons Inc.",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Overview of human factors and ergonomics in the OR, with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgeries

AU - Lowndes, Bethany R

AU - Hallbeck, M. Susan

PY - 2014/1/1

Y1 - 2014/1/1

N2 - Operating rooms (OR) are where medical teams work to improve the health of a patient. However, because of the complexity of the procedures, errors and unsafe situations are likely to occur. These complications can lead to harm to the patient or medical professionals. Human factors and ergonomic professionals have been working to improve these unsafe conditions in the OR for over a century. However, with advances in technology, increased surgical complexity, as well as an increase in medical team members in the OR, there are still numerous improvements yet to be accomplished. Minimally invasive surgeries require an even more advanced approach to prevent errors due to technology, fatigue, and miscommunication. Human factors and ergonomic techniques provide the ability to greatly improve conditions for patients and surgeons alike. It is imperative that human factors and ergonomics continue to grow and facilitate technological advancements in healthcare.

AB - Operating rooms (OR) are where medical teams work to improve the health of a patient. However, because of the complexity of the procedures, errors and unsafe situations are likely to occur. These complications can lead to harm to the patient or medical professionals. Human factors and ergonomic professionals have been working to improve these unsafe conditions in the OR for over a century. However, with advances in technology, increased surgical complexity, as well as an increase in medical team members in the OR, there are still numerous improvements yet to be accomplished. Minimally invasive surgeries require an even more advanced approach to prevent errors due to technology, fatigue, and miscommunication. Human factors and ergonomic techniques provide the ability to greatly improve conditions for patients and surgeons alike. It is imperative that human factors and ergonomics continue to grow and facilitate technological advancements in healthcare.

KW - Errors

KW - Human factors and ergonomics

KW - Minimally invasive surgery

KW - Operating room

KW - Sociotechnical systems

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84899436297&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84899436297&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/hfm.20383

DO - 10.1002/hfm.20383

M3 - Article

VL - 24

SP - 308

EP - 317

JO - Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing

JF - Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing

SN - 1090-8471

IS - 3

ER -