Title

Using Technology to Promote Safe Patient Handling and Rehabilitation

ISBN or ISSN

0278-4807

Volume

33

Issue

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-2008

First Page

3

Last Page

9

DOI Number

10.1002/j.2048-7940.2008.tb00186.x

Abstract

Technology has improved and expanded the equipment options for use in patient handling. There is substantial evidence that these activities expose healthcare professionals, including nurses and physical therapists, to risk for work‐related musculoskeletal disorders. There is also evidence that ergonomic use of equipment to assist with patient handling is associated with decreases in injuries among healthcare providers. The use of patient‐handling equipment has additional potential for facilitating the goals of rehabilitation and improving patient outcomes. This article presents an overview of new research areas and a discussion of these topics.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Technology, Patient Handling, Work‐Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Ergonomic Use of Equipment

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