American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Ergonomics in Surgery: Simple Interventions, Substantial Gains

Presented by Michael C. Smith, MD

Michael C. Smith, MDWednesday, March 31, 2021 | 7:00 pm CT

Workplace-related injuries represent a costly economic burden in the U.S., both in their direct costs and indirect costs related to missed days of work. With a physical job, surgeons are not immune, although the cost is more often borne by the individual surgeon. it is important that both hospital administrators and surgeons be cognizant of the ergonomics in new developments within the operative arena. Though there have been efforts to develop exoskeleton-like devices to assist the positioning and stabilization of surgeons, they remain costly, cumbersome, and difficult to disseminate.21 Much like elite athletes' use of coaches, therapists, and videotaping to improve performance and reduce injury, surgeons should use a similar approach to help decrease injury and increase efficiency, and thus decrease the missed days of work or accelerated retirement in valuable members of our health care system. This webinar will discuss current trends and developments with regard to ergonomics in surgery.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the current ergonomic issues in surgery
  • Learn about effective measures taken to reduce workplace injury
  • Learn about the impact of ergonomics on the surgical workforce

More about Michael Smith

Michael C. Smith, MD is a Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. He earned his MD degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, and completed his internship and residency at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY. He completed a fellowship from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. Dr. Smith’s research interests include outcomes in trauma and emergency general surgery and the development and optimization of trauma systems

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