Assessing the Interplay Between the Shoulders and Low Back During Manual Patient Handling Techniques in a Nursing Setting

Alicia Belbeck, Alan C. Cudlip, Clark R. Dickerson
2014 International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics  
The purpose of this research was to quantify shoulder demands during freestyle manual patient handling (MPH) tasks and determine whether approaches intended to prevent low back injury increased shoulder demands. Twenty females completed 5 MPH tasks found commonly in hospital settings before and after a training session using current workplace MPH guidelines. Most normalized muscle activity indices and ratings of perceived exertion decreased following training at both the low back and shoulders,
more » ... back and shoulders, but were more pronounced at the low back. There was little evidence to suggest that mechanical demands were transferred from the low back to the shoulders following the training session. The study generally supports continued use of the recommended MPH techniques, but indicates that several tasks generate high muscular demands and should be avoided if possible. nursing electromyography shoulder low back ergonomics
doi:10.1080/10803548.2014.11077026 pmid:24629874 fatcat:kjnnlw3dzfe5vh635zzzn6wf64