Michael Patkin's

  Pocketcard for Lap Surgery Ergonomics

Publication history, Reflections & comments



Surgery & ergonomics


Information design

Editorials, book reviews




Lap surgery is tiring - be ergonomic

Neck flexed
Arm by side, support if available
Relaxed hand-grip
Platform for shorter operator or assistant
Subdued lighting from side or above
Monitor 15-300 below horizontal and close
Port sites for neutral wrist posture, hands at elbow height
Operating table at pubis height for non-obese patient


A Powerpoint version of the above which is suitable for laminating and carrying in the pocket can be accessed here