Journal of Ergonomics

Journal of Ergonomics
Open Access

ISSN: 2165-7556

James D McGlothlin

James D McGlothlin
School of Health Sciences,
West Lafayette, Indiana
United States

  • Research Article
    Assessment of Obstetrician-Gynecologists Performing Laparoscopic Surgery: Study of Hand Size and Surgical Instruments
    Author(s): Jing Huang and James D McGlothlinJing Huang and James D McGlothlin

    The hypothesis of this study is that small-handed female obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) experience more physical stress while performing laparoscopic surgery compared to large-handed OB/GYNs. The size and grip and pinch strength of surgeon’s hands were measured and compared to the average size hands of females and males reported in the U.S. anthropometric literature databases on body dimensions. A descriptive questionnaire was administrated to six OB/GYN surgeons (five females and one male) to obtain general background information, including personal work experience and musculoskeletal disorders symptoms (MDSs). Operating room assessment using Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA), a standard ergonomic assessment tool, and photographs/video that recorded body postures and motions of the surgeons was performed to identify risk factors of work-related MSDs. Primary fi.. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2165-7556.1000224

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