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For some complicated surgeries, there is a need to keep all surgical instruments within an easily reachable distance of the scrub nurse at his/her side table.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyGeneral SurgeryProcedural Improvement

In the operating rooms, there is a need to reduce the interference of the overhead lights with surgeon and nurse mobility.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyGeneral Surgery

For endoscopic procedures, there is a need to retrospectively view the surgery in order to enable surgeons to learn from previous operations.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes General SurgeryInstrument FunctionalityTraining Methods

During endoscopic surgeries, there is a need to make the endoscopic equipment and TV monitor system easier to transport.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyGeneral

There is a need for a more precise method of dissecting tissue that can cut as fast as the electrocautery without discharging sparks that can damage nearby tissue.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes General SurgeryInstrument Functionality

During operations with surgeons of significantly different heights, there is a need to make a comfortable operating height for all surgeons to operate simultaneously.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyProcedural Improvement

There is a need for medical equipment labels to be understood by all Chinese operating room staff in order to increase the operators’ ease of use.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Procedural ImprovementTraining Methods

During thyroidectomies, there is a need for a more efficient method to hold open the incision.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Instrument FunctionalityMinimally Invasive SurgeryProcedural Improvement

There is a need for a laparoscopic linear cutter that will always fully cut through the two sides of the tissue that it is separating.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Instrument FunctionalityMinimally Invasive SurgeryProcedural Improvement

During total knee arthroplasties, there is a need to reduce the risk of surgeon skin contact with blood splatter in order to prevent the spread of blood borne illnesses.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyProcedural Improvement

While using some electrocauteries, there is a need to prevent surgeons from being electrically shocked on the hand from the connection between the instrument and the power cable.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes Ergonomics and SafetyGeneral SurgeryProcedural Improvement

During open surgery, there is a need for an inexpensive and non-intrusive way to video record the area within and around the surgical site.

  • Year 2012
  • Location China
  • Themes General SurgeryOperation VisibilityTraining Methods

The immersion experience really helped me to understand the intricacies of the clinical environment we were designing for…I strongly believe that we were able to design a more appropriate device for the clinical environment due to our experience observing there.

Caitlin Winget, GHDI Academic Program Participant in Ghana

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GHDI has been working with stakeholders for more than eight years to identify and address global health design challenges. Learn more about our history and core values.

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