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Document ID (ISN)104772
CIS number 06-425
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nevala N., Tamminen-Peter L.
Title Ergonomics and usability of an electrically adjustable shower trolley
Bibliographic information 2004, Vol.34, No.2, p.131-138. Illus. 40 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and perceived work strain for nurses performing bathing tasks using two types of shower trolley: one with electrically-adjustable height and a turning mechanism and a traditional trolley with hydraulically-adjustable height but without a turning mechanism. The subjects were 12 healthy female nurses. Measurements of muscular activity, heart rate, perceived strain and perceptions of the shower trolleys were carried out during a normal workday. The muscular activity of the back muscles and the perceived musculoskeletal strain after work were lower with the electrically-adjustable trolley than with the traditional trolley. The usability features were perceived to be better for the electrically-adjustable trolley. There were no significant differences in the muscular activity of the trapezius muscles or the cardio-respiratory strain between the two types of trolleys.
Descriptors (primary) ergonomics; nursing personnel; hospitals; manual handling
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; evaluation of equipment; comparative study; pulse rate; measurement of load on muscles; physical workload
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Health care services