Engineers, take note: paying attention to how a clinician operates can lead to a well-designed device that enjoys widespread adoption.
Manan Shah, MD and Timothy O’Brien, MD
As clinicians, we know that surgical devices need to fit into the flow of a procedure in order to be used frequently. A key example of this is the coblator device, which is used during tonsillectomies. The coblator demonstrates how one company's solution to a simple surgical design problem resulted in widespread adoption despite other potential drawbacks.
Tonsillectomies are one of the most common procedures performed by otolaryngologists. Despite the frequency of the procedure, the authors of a recent study from Michigan State...