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    Date submitted
  • 24-Mar-2018

ErgoScopeMD

Abstract

A laparoscopic handle design enabling stable and efficient minimal invasive surgery, increasing procedure safety and reducing time in the operating room. This design allows surgeon to maintain an ergonomic posture, throughout surgery, preventing future musculoskeletal disorders.

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Who is your customer?

From a user perspective, the customer is the surgeon utilizing minimal invasive surgery. From outcomes perspective, the customer is the patient and surgeon, as this device allows for a safer and quicker procedure for the patient and prevents future musculoskeletal disorders.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Advancements in laparoscopic surgery have primarily focused on enhancing patient benefits. However, compared with open surgery, laparoscopic surgery imposes greater ergonomic constraints on surgeons. Recent reports indicate a 73% to 88% prevalence of physical complaints among laparoscopic surgeons, which is greater than in the general working population, supporting the need to address the surgeons' physical health. From the available literature, we found a 74% prevalence of physical complaints among laparoscopic surgeons. However, the low response rates and the high inconsistency across studies leave some uncertainty, suggesting an actual prevalence of between 22% and 74%. Fatigue and MSDs impact psychomotor performance; therefore, these results warrant further investigation. Continuous changes are enacted to increase patient safety and surgical care quality, and should also include efforts to improve surgeons' well-being. The laparoscopic technique often requires static and tiring work positions, sometimes extreme. This exposure was linked to the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders among general surgeons and gynecologist, with findings that female physicians had significantly more disorders than males. This product ensures that the tools that the surgeons are using during surgery allows them to maintain a neutral ergonomic posture.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Customer surveys and interviews as well as a research study were used to validate the need for the device and product features. This patented design gives this tool an exclusive ability to have space that allows for future incorporation of additional features to sustain it's innovative product position for future additions based on customer surveys and observations.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Continued customer validation and formulation of the business model including two major possible approaches to execution, is essential to our success. One involves partnership to production and another involves patent licensing to a major laparoscopic tool manufacturer. To prevent competition from utilizing our IP, we started the patent process. Currently, we have a patent around the design that is published but one patent is still pending and requires funding to finalize.