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Psychophysical assessment of assistive devices for transferring patients/residents.

Authors
Zhuang-ZQ; Stobbe-TJ; Collins-JW; Hsiao-HW; Hobbs-GR
Source
Appl Ergon 2000 Jan; 31(1):35-44
NIOSHTIC No.
20032855
Abstract
This article reports the psychophysical assessment of nine battery-powered lifts, a sliding board, a walking belt, and a baseline manual method for transferring nursing home patients/residents from a bed to a chair. A separate article reports the biomechanical evaluation of the same task and devices. The objectives of the psychophysical assessment were to investigate the effects of resident-transferring methods on the psychophysical stress to nursing assistants performing the transferring task, and to identify transfer methods that could reduce the psychophysical stress reported by nursing assistants. Nine nursing assistants served as test subjects. Two elderly persons participated as residents. The results indicated that the psychophysical stresses on nursing assistants were significantly lower when performing resident transfers with some of the assistive devices than when performing transfers with the baseline manual transfer method. The nursing assistants generally preferred the basket-sling lift and stand-up lift to other methods. The residents' comfort and security ratings indicated the comfort and security with most of the assistive devices were greater than or equal to the baseline manual method. Most of the comments of the nursing assistants and residents on the assistive devices were favourable.
Keywords
Psychological-factors; Psychomotor-function; Psychophysiology; Biomechanics; Biomechanical-engineering; Nursing; Musculoskeletal-system
Contact
ZQ Zhuang, NIOSH, US DHHS, PHS, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, 1095 Willowdale Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
AERGBW
Publication Date
20000104
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0003-6870
NIOSH Division
NPPTL
Source Name
Applied Ergonomics
State
WV
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