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Médecine du travail du personnel hospitalier

Electric versus hydraulic hospital beds: differences in use during basic nursing tasks

Auteur Edda Maria Capodaglio
Volume 19
Numéro 4
Pages 597-606
Publication International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics: JOSE
ISSN 1080-3548
Date 2013
Extra PMID: 24321638
Abrév. de revue Int J Occup Saf Ergon
Catalogue de bibl. NCBI PubMed
Langue eng
Résumé Biomechanical, postural and ergonomic aspects during real patient-assisting tasks performed by nurses using an electric versus a hydraulic hospital bed were observed. While there were no differences in the flexed postures the nurses adopted, longer performance times were recorded when electric beds were used. Subjective effort, force exertion and lumbar shear forces exceeding safety limits proved electric beds were superior. Patients’ dependency level seemed to influence the type of nurses’ intervention (duration and force actions), irrespective of the bed used. The nurses greatly appreciated the electric bed. Its use seemed to reduce the level of effort perceived during care giving and the postural load during critical subtasks. Ergonomics and organizational problems related to adopting electric beds in hospital wards should be addressed further to make their use more efficient.

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