Hospitals are complex systems relying on an extremely diverse group of occupations, many of which are physically demanding. So, hospital employees can be at particularly high risk for development of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD’s). Injuries among Healthcare Workers rank among the highest by industry according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Interventions To Prevent Back Pain And Back Injury In Nurses: A Systematic ReviewHealthcare Ergonomics September 11, 2013
What are the most effective interventions to prevent back injury at work? A paper by Dawson et al (2007) looked at 51 papers to determine this. Of the papers reviewed, only 20 met their selection criteria. The study cohorts consisted of nurses, nursing aides, student nurses, and at times a combination of nurse categories. InterventionsContinue reading
Sonographer’s Shoulder – An Ergonomics Issue for Healthcare Workers
The National Institutes of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) conducted an investigation at a hospital antenatal unit where most of the Sonographers complained of neck, shoulder, and arm pain while performing Ultrasound. The investigation consisted of interviews and video footage. NIOSH’s findings indicated awkward posture of the shoulder (abduction and flexion), sustained static forces andContinue reading