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Awareness and practice of ergonomics by gynecological laparoscopists in Turkey

Esra Tamburacı, Barış Mülayim
DOI: 10.5603/GP.a2020.0036
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Pubmed: 32236933
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Ginekol Pol 2020;91(4):175-180.

open access

Vol 91, No 4 (2020)
ORIGINAL PAPERS Gynecology
Published online: 2020-03-30

Abstract

Objectives: Ergonomics in laparoscopy has been gaining increasing attention. The research literature on ergonomics is
growing worldwide; however, there are no studies or data from Turkey. Our study provides information on the awareness
and use of ergonomics in laparoscopic gynecology in Turkey.
Material and methods: A questionnaire consisting of 25 questions was sent by email to 225 laparoscopists who are
members of the Turkish Society of Gynecological Endoscopy.
Results: In response, 45.7% of the questionnaires were returned. Six respondents (5.9%) had never experienced pain,
and two respondents (1.9%) always experienced pain during or after laparoscopy. The shoulders, neck, and back were the
most common sites where respondents experienced pain. Most of the respondents (64.1%) utilized one monitor during
laparoscopic surgery, and only 2% of respondents utilized a monitor below eye level. Less than 50% of the respondents
were aware of ergonomic guidelines.
Conclusions: Even though less than half of the Turkish gynecological laparoscopist respondents were aware of ergonomic
guidelines, more than half used appropriate visual systems, operating tables, hand instruments, and had large enough
operating rooms. Only the number and level of monitors used by respondents were not in accordance with ergonomic
guidelines.

Abstract

Objectives: Ergonomics in laparoscopy has been gaining increasing attention. The research literature on ergonomics is
growing worldwide; however, there are no studies or data from Turkey. Our study provides information on the awareness
and use of ergonomics in laparoscopic gynecology in Turkey.
Material and methods: A questionnaire consisting of 25 questions was sent by email to 225 laparoscopists who are
members of the Turkish Society of Gynecological Endoscopy.
Results: In response, 45.7% of the questionnaires were returned. Six respondents (5.9%) had never experienced pain,
and two respondents (1.9%) always experienced pain during or after laparoscopy. The shoulders, neck, and back were the
most common sites where respondents experienced pain. Most of the respondents (64.1%) utilized one monitor during
laparoscopic surgery, and only 2% of respondents utilized a monitor below eye level. Less than 50% of the respondents
were aware of ergonomic guidelines.
Conclusions: Even though less than half of the Turkish gynecological laparoscopist respondents were aware of ergonomic
guidelines, more than half used appropriate visual systems, operating tables, hand instruments, and had large enough
operating rooms. Only the number and level of monitors used by respondents were not in accordance with ergonomic
guidelines.

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Keywords

ergonomics; laparoscopy; gynecology; Turkey

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Title

Awareness and practice of ergonomics by gynecological laparoscopists in Turkey

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 91, No 4 (2020)

Pages

175-180

Published online

2020-03-30

DOI

10.5603/GP.a2020.0036

Pubmed

32236933

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2020;91(4):175-180.

Keywords

ergonomics
laparoscopy
gynecology
Turkey

Authors

Esra Tamburacı
Barış Mülayim

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