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Weak Point Analysis and Work Design for Positioning Measures of Patients in Need of Intensive Care

Landau K* and Jacobs M

Journal Title:Ergonomics International Journal

Working on and with the sick or elderly person has various health effects on the nursing staff. The relevant literature describes the wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, infections, skin diseases or burnout. A high musculoskeletal load on the nursing staff results mainly from transfer and positioning measures on the patient. In this paper we deal with work process analysis and workplace design for positioning measures. Video analyses of the manual work performed by nursing staff on patients requiring the most intensive care were carried out at 71 workplaces in ward rooms and stress factors were calculated using the REBA method. The causes of high levels of stress are identified and ergonomic recommendations for improving working methods are derived.