This blog post summarizes a research paper on how teleoperated surgical robots affect teamwork in the operating room, which will be presented at the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2018) on November 6th.

Surgical teams like to huddle. In open and laparoscopic surgery, surgeon and team are standing in close proximity, less than an arm’s length from each other. Surgeon and assistants are often physically touching, hips and legs leaned against each other as they squeeze in the narrow space around the patient.

In robotic surgery, this setup changes: the surgeon moves away from the…

Hannah Pelikan

Graduate student researching human robot interaction.

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