In the news release, Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that healthcare workers suffer from the highest numbers of ergonomic-type musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Supporting a productive, injury-free staff means equipping them with the necessary ergonomic components that are adjustable and designed to accommodate the wide range of body sizes and shapes that comprise healthcare workers today. To ensure a healthy and productive healthcare setting, ergonomists recommend these 10 ergonomic solutions:
√ Seating: Look for durability, support, and maximum adjustability to accommodate staff of varying heights and weights.
√ Height adjustable desks/workstations: Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option, too.
√ Lumbar supports: An easy and cost effective way to ensure added lower back support to all staff.
√ Anti-fatigue matting: Reduces standing fatigue, improves productivity, and helps prevent slips and falls.
√ Monitor arms: Makes the monitor easily adjustable to each worker’s eye level, reducing eye and neck strain.
√ Keyboards and keyboard support systems: An ergonomic keyboard/keyboard tray at the correct height for each worker helps keep wrists straight and elbows open slightly beyond 90 degrees.
√ Computer mice/input devices: The best computer mice keep your arm relaxed while using the device, thus reducing muscle tension in the arm and wrist.
√ Mobile carts and wall mounts: Ease of use and mobility help reduce nurse stress and fatigue and keep data readily accessible
√ Palm/wrist supports: Provides support and allows user’s hands to freely move above the keyboard while typing.
√ Task Lighting: In hospitals, accurately reading reports and other paper documents requires optimum task-specific lighting without the glare and reflection caused by overhead lighting schemes.