The Effectiveness of the Lateral Patient Transfer Device to Reduce Musculoskeletal Risk among Practical Nurses in a Hospital, Thailand

Parvena Meepradit, Kanjana Panyadee, Tanongsak Yingratanasuk
2018 Journal of Biosciences and Medicines  
Moving patients is a task that requires force, and poses musculoskeletal risk among practical nurses. The use of an equipment to assist patient lifting and transferring can reduce musculoskeletal risk. This study was a quasi-experimental research measuring the effectiveness of a patient moving device for a period of 4 weeks among practical nurses in a hospital. The 33 subjects were selected based on the inclusion criteria. The data were collected by using the rapid upper limb assessment (RULA)
more » ... assessment (RULA) tool. The results showed that the patient moving device could reduce musculoskeletal risk which included the work posture significantly (P < 0.05). This study could be used as a practical basis for hospital to bring in the equipment for assisting moving of patients.
doi:10.4236/jbm.2018.65006 fatcat:fcpqphrg3jgsroyn2pisuons4e