Healthcare Ergonomics

NEW Introduction to Safe Patient Handling Online Course

Our new online course, Introduction to Safe Patient Handling, has finally arrived!  

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New Safe Patient Handling Online Course Coming Soon

New Safe Patient Handling Online Course Coming in Summer In 2016, 33% of the workforce will be over 50. One of the biggest areas of the economy where the aging of the workforce is having impact is healthcare. The potential … Continue reading

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Potential Problems with Patient Transfer Devices

Potential Problems with Patient Transfer Devices We recently reviewed a well-produced website that sells patient transfer aids and devices including but not limited to Auxiliary Belts, Leg Bands, Rigid Turntables, Unidirectional Slide Sheets and Grooved Transfer Boards. The products that … Continue reading

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See Ron Porter at ASSE’s Safety 2015 Conference

See Ron Porter at ASSE’s Safety 2015 Conference Ron will be speaking in Dallas Texas on June 9, 4:30-5:30 For the ninth consecutive year, Back School Director, Ron Porter, will be speaking at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) … Continue reading

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An Ergonomics Assessment in the Hospital Setting

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 … Continue reading

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Interventions To Prevent Back Pain And Back Injury In Nurses: A Systematic Review

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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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NEW Healthcare Ergonomics Online Class

Healthcare Ergonomics Online is LIVE! It’s been a long time coming, our brand NEW Healthcare Ergonomics Online course is finally… Online! This Healthcare Ergonomics course will allow you to identify as well as resolve the common ergonomic risk factors facing … Continue reading

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Healthcare’s Unique Challenges for Applying Ergonomics

Are Healthcare Environments Any Different Than General Industry? The short answer is undoubtedly, “Yes.” Healthcare environments present a number of unique challenges for applying ergonomics that are not often present in general industry. Those  challenges include but are not limited … Continue reading

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Solutions for an Itchy Trigger Finger

Here we have another ergonomics question coming from an occupational therapist working at a hospital in Indiana. “Recently, I was contacted by another department in the hospital regarding work related injuries. In Health Information Services there are 2 employees who are experiencing the same … Continue reading

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