May/June 2017
Comfort matters

Patient positioning during surgery can be a critical factor in a positive outcome, for the procedure itself and for the patient's comfort both during the procedure and recovery after. But what about the surgeon's position and comfort while performing a procedure? That can also have a major influence on the outcome for the procedure. While the majority of surgery performed in the U.S. is with the surgeon standing, there are many procedures where the surgeon is seated, either by preference or necessity. For example:
AK445 Chair at Cornell Lab
Surgeon chairs at Weill Cornell
Neuromodulation Lab 
   New York, NY
  • dental
  • eye
  • microsurgery
  • neurosurgery
  • oral-maxillofacial
  • otolaryngology
  • urology
  • gynecology
  • VES (video endoscopy), including robotic and 3D surgery 
Surgeon complaints about stress and fatigue during surgery can often be alleviated with the proper surgical chair. In addition to comfort, surgeon stability during seated surgical procedures is an important consideration.  Surgeon forearm and wrist support and a supportive backrest is especially important for microsurgical procedures where a microscope is used.  Adequate chair wrist support is needed to minimize unwanted tremor and maximize individual finger dexterity.  A shift of one-half inch (1mm) can alter the precision of motion at high magnification.  Good shoulder, arm, wrist and hand support in a seated position minimizes the risk of error, especially with fine finger movement. 
A surgical chair should have an adjustable height and pitch angle armrest, as well as a mechanism for the surgeon to raise or lower the chair without compromising the surgical field.  Floating armrests also add to surgeon comfort during lengthy procedures.
When training in a bioskills lab there may be limited r esour ces for providing surgeon se ating equivalent to what would be found in the OR. One exception is the Neuromodulation Lab at Weill Cornell Medical School, which provides surgeon chairs for resident and fellowship training. In a lab environment, rolling doctor stools, office chairs, and stationary stools may also be used.
What type of surgeon seating do you provide in your facility? Would better seating help create a better experience for your trainings and demonstrations? If you are in need of surgical seating for your lab facility, call us: 303-750-5357. MEDSource is the FDA registered import agent for Akrus chairs based in Elmshorm, Germany. Akrus has been designing and manufacturing specialty products for the medical industry since 1946 and offers a complete line of surgeon stools and surgical chairs. 
Tools of the Trade

Skull Clamp
Skull-based Surgery

MED Source offers a number of tools to help with skull-based surgery in a bioskills lab:

  • Skull clamps
  • Headrests - gel and foam
  • Basic craniotomy, ENT and Maxillofacial instruments
  • Stryker Craniotomy package, which includes:
    • CORE Console and high-speed drill with handswitch
    • Long straight attachment
    • Perforator chuck
    • Zyphr Perforator (large)
    • Craniotome footed attachment
    • D-58 tapered router


Akrus AK445 Chair
Akrus AK445 Surgeon Chair (manual)

Need surgeon seating for your facility? We offer the full line of Akrus surgical chairs and stools.

 Call us today at 303-750-5357 or
email us and request a quote.

Akrus AK480 Surgeon Chair
Akrus AK480 Surgeon Chair


Lab Profile: Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF)

1020 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
9 Stations
Contact: Drew Skidmore 850-916-8591


The Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) Surgical Skills Lab provides space and services for medical professionals to experience hands-on training to advance their skills and knowledge in a wide variety of healthcare professions. Lab amenities supplement a dynamic learning environment to further enhance surgical training, education programs, innovative research, and device testing.

The 2,000 square foot lab was renovated in 2016 and is located 12 miles from Pensacola International Airport.

The AREF Surgical Skills lab features:
  • 9 mobile workstations
  • full arthroscopic capabilities
  • an Instron machine for biomechanics device testing
  • a mobile C-arm to accommodate imaging needs
  • wet lab
  • conference seating for 100
  • sterilizer
  • AV capabilities 

Contact the Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) in Gulf Breeze, FL today to book your next training event!  
You can find more information about AREF and other bioskills labs at Registration is free. Whether you want to promote your lab, or are working in the industry and are looking for a lab, we welcome your participation.
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