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Ergonomic interventional design of an articulating arm for echocardiography application: front-end design and pilot study.

Authors
Umar-RZRl; Sommerich-C; Evans-K; Lavender-S; Sanders-E; Yen-W-T; Joines-S; Lamar-S
Source
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, September 19-23, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada. Southwick SM, Litz BT, Charney D, Friedman MJ, eds. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2011 Sep; 55(1):980-983
NIOSHTIC No.
20044979
Abstract
Echocardiography is a growing field due to the dual trends in longer life expectancy and rising obesity levels. Several publications have reported high prevalence of musculoskeletal issues among cardiac sonographers due risk factors that include prolonged probe pinching, forceful exertions, awkward postures, and prolonged maintenance of static postures. A design of an articulating arm that uses a simple locking mechanism was envisioned to reduce these exposures. A participatory approach involving experienced cardiac sonographers was fully integrated into the design process. A functional prototype was assembled, and pilot tested among cardiac sonographers in a clinic setting. The device was well received and thought to have potential in addressing the previously identified issues. However, several design iterations and more comprehensive evaluations will be needed before the device will be ready for implementation in echocardiography settings.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Workers; Work-environment; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Injuries; Radiography; Equipment-design; Engineering-controls; Biomechanics; Posture; Force; Humans; Men; Women; Cardiology; Cardiography; Health-care-personnel
CODEN
PHFSDQ
Publication Date
20110901
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Editors
Southwick-SM; Litz-BT; Charney-D; Friedman-MJ
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780945289395
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009253
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1071-1813
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 55th Annual Meeting, September 19-23, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada
State
OH
Performing Organization
Ohio State University
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