ORCA General Oral Presentation Session (Virtual)

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

Major

MS in OSH

2nd Student Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

2nd Student Major

MS in OSH

3rd Student Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

3rd Student Major

MS in OSH

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Dr. Joe Abulhassan

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Patient handling is a common task within the healthcare industry. Rehabilitation Therapists (RTs) and Rehabilitation Therapist Assistants (RTAs) report a significantly high incidence rate of low-back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The purpose of this study was to characterize the ergonomic risks associated with patient transfers and assisted gait therapy. Exposure to ergonomic risk factors were assessed using the Strain Index (SI), Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA), and 3-Dimensional Static Strength Prediction Program (3DSSPP). Subjects included three RTs and one RTA at a local assisted living and rehabilitation healthcare facility. Preliminary results indicate a high risk of developing MSDs within the lower back and shoulders for both tasks. Further investigation of engineering and administrative control measures to mitigate the development of MSDs associated with patient handling activities is discussed.

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An Ergonomic Assessment of Healthcare Rehabilitation Workers

Patient handling is a common task within the healthcare industry. Rehabilitation Therapists (RTs) and Rehabilitation Therapist Assistants (RTAs) report a significantly high incidence rate of low-back injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The purpose of this study was to characterize the ergonomic risks associated with patient transfers and assisted gait therapy. Exposure to ergonomic risk factors were assessed using the Strain Index (SI), Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA), and 3-Dimensional Static Strength Prediction Program (3DSSPP). Subjects included three RTs and one RTA at a local assisted living and rehabilitation healthcare facility. Preliminary results indicate a high risk of developing MSDs within the lower back and shoulders for both tasks. Further investigation of engineering and administrative control measures to mitigate the development of MSDs associated with patient handling activities is discussed.

 

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