User Research Improves Laparoscopic Instruments

  • Loring B
  • Lemieux E
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Abstract

FEATURE AT A GLANCE: This case study describes the user-centered redesign of a laparoscopic instrument handle for Cardinal Health. A multidisciplinary team designed a new handle that addressed multiple ergonomic shortcomings and enabled surgeons to perform procedures with greater comfort, safety, and efficiency. Improvements included a flexible grip to allow palming or use of finger rings; broad, contoured surfaces that provided comfort and avoided pressure points; a larger rotation knob with ribs to aid grip, especially with wet gloves; and a tapered shape to accommodate a wide range of finger lengths and grip styles.

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Authors

  • Beth Loring

  • Erin-Anne Lemieux

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