Train4OrthoMIS project proposes to develop in a unique e-learning course all the training materials needed for improving the working conditions of orthopaedic MIS surgeons in the operating room under pinned by key methodologies about user-centred design, ergonomics and usability.

First of all, the consortium did a previous research in order to confirm that there is no training tool in the field of MIS surgery similar to the compendium offered in Train4OrthoMIS. Many works have been published analyzing different aspects of the working environment in MIS surgery and some other studies analyzing the ergonomics of the instruments’ handling. These studies are the first step to understand surgeons interaction in their workplace and thus to achieve optimum products design that satisfies surgeon needs. However, surgeons are not aware of ergonomic guidelines and besides the existing information must be converted to design criteria and to criteria on how to use the equipments.

Nevertheless, this information is in research centres and university’s departments. It is possible to find some training courses focused on workplace ergonomics or on design of ergonomic instrumental, but these courses are mainly focused on laparoscopic surgery and not in the orthopaedic MIS field, which is much more demanding in some aspects like impacts-level and vibrations.

A background is the German project ORTHOMIT that provided an integrated platform for smart interventional therapy of bone and joint diseases in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology, as well as to demonstrate its clinical usability and cost efficiency.

All these works come from disperse sources on different research fields, being not applied to design of MIS instruments in a usercentred approach.

Hence, the results and expertise that make up the basis for the development of contents of Train4OrthoMIS course will overcome existing limitations and will target at the same time complementary profiles for a faster impact of the project outcomes.



The simplified diagram of working conditions registration in the operating theater

Some projects carried out by the partners of this proposal may provide useful information:

  • Knowledge-based improvement of working conditions in healthcare organizations (VI Contest of Research and Development Projects of Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education Ref. Number: N R11 0026 06/2009). The objective of this project,coordinated by SUT, was to create an IT platform with resources of knowledge needed for effective forming working conditions including ergonomic work methods and management in surgical orthopaedic wards. The platform integrates modern ICT technologies and methods such as human body modeling, including ergonomic assessments.The project was financed by national recourses.

  • Ergonomic criteria generation to the design of surgical instrumental (National Program of Industrial Design and Production. Ref. Number: DPI2004-08196-CO2-01). The aim of this project, coordinated by IBV, was the generation of design criteria to improve the surgical instruments from an ergonomic point of view, respecting all the durability and security criteria, then current and indicated in the international standards. The generated criteria allowed improving the surgeons’ working conditions minimizing the physical efforts than they have to suffer during the operation.

  • Ergonomic Instruments Development for Hip Surgery. An Innovative Approach on Orthopaedic Implants Design. (Sixth Framework Programme (Co-operative Research). Ref Number: COOP-CT-2005-017806). ENHIP was a research project coordinated by IBV, with the participation of KOMAG and SUT. As a result of the Enhip project was obtained new instruments and knowledge.