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Reducing back stress through an ergonomic approach: weighing a patient.

Authors
Owen-BD; Garg-A
Source
Int J Nurs Stud 1994 Dec; 31(6):511-519
NIOSHTIC No.
20037717
Abstract
Back problems are prevalent in nursing personnel. Nursing assistants in a nursing home stated weighing dependent patients was a very stressful task; they manually lifted patients up onto a chair scale. The task was redesigned in two ways: the use of a ramp scale and use of a hoist with a digital scale. With the new methods, perceived physical stress to shoulder, back and body was reduced, compressive force to L5S1 and shear force were reduced (wheelchair scale method), and "patient" feelings of comfort and security were increased.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Nurses; Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Posture; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Manual-lifting; Weight-factors; Body-weight; Biomechanics; Force; Physical-stress; Back-injuries
Publication Date
19941201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-200-86-2923
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0020-7489
Source Name
International Journal of Nursing Studies
State
WI
Performing Organization
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
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