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TitleErgonomic study of nursing tasks in surgical hospital services
Author(s)Carneiro, P.
Villarroya, Alberto
Colim, Ana S.
Torres, Madalena
Arezes, P.
KeywordsNMQ
Nurses
REBA
WMSD
Issue date2019
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
JournalAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Abstract(s)Nurses are exposed to Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD) risk factors mainly due to biomechanical overload caused by patient handling, among other tasks. In order to specifically assess the nurses’ patient handling risks and also to evaluate their musculoskeletal symptoms frequency, Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) method and Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire were applied, respectively, in the surgical internment services of a central hospital in northern of Portugal. First, a data collection was carried out, and then an objective risk assessment was performed by observing the different postures adopted. Results show that the majority of nurses reported musculoskeletal pain in several body regions, being the lumbar and cervical regions the most affected. The REBA assessment showed that patients handling is a task with a significant WMSD risk, mainly due to force application and awkward postures adoption. The main contributes of this work consisted in giving a special attention to the working conditions in the analyzed environments, and also highlight the need to develop new strategies to prevent WMSD, in order to avoid absenteeism and an increasing development of musculoskeletal problems among nurses.
TypeConference paper
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/66963
ISBN9783030240660
DOI10.1007/978-3-030-24067-7_4
ISSN2194-5357
Publisher versionhttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-24067-7_4
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
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