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Identification of factors that affect the adoption of an ergonomic intervention among emergency service workers
Ergonomics: November 2012 / 55(11): 1362-1372
This study explored factors contributing to the adoption of a patient transfer-board (also known as a slide-board) that was designed to facilitate lateral transfers of patients to and from ambulance cots.

Designing ergonomic interventions for EMS workers: concept generation of patient-handling devices
Applied Ergonomics: November 2008 / 39(6):792-802
The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to generate ideas for the design of new EMS patient-handling devices that were framed within the contextual reality of the end user firefighter/paramedics. Guided by an ecological model of musculoskeletal injuries in the fire service, focus groups were conducted with 25 firefighter/paramedics from 13 suburban fire departments.

Designing ergonomic interventions for emergency medical services workers - part III: bed to stairchair transfers
Applied Ergonomics: September 2007 / 38(5):581-589
The objective of this work was to test interventions aimed at reducing the low-back musculoskeletal loads experienced by firefighters/paramedics providing emergency medical services that involve transferring a patient between a bed and a stairchair.

Designing ergonomic interventions for EMS workers - part II: lateral transfers
Applied Ergonomics: March 2007 / 38(2):227-236
The objective of this work was to test ergonomic interventions aimed at reducing the low back musculoskeletal loads experienced by firefighters/paramedics providing emergency medical services when performing lateral transfers between a bed and a stretcher or between a stretcher and a hospital gurney.

Designing ergonomic interventions for EMS workers, Part I: transporting patients down the stairs
Applied Ergonomics: January 2007 / 38(1):71-81
The objective of this work was to test ergonomic interventions aimed at reducing the magnitude of trunk muscle exertions in firefighters/paramedics providing emergency medical services when transporting patients down the stairs.

 
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