|Document ID (ISN)||104895|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Jones A.Y.M., Lee R.Y.W.
||Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and back injury in ambulance officers
||May 2005, Vol.78, No.4, p.332-336. 10 ref.
||A questionnaire on back pain was addressed to Hong Kong ambulance workers who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Analysis of the 318 completed questionnaires showed that almost 60% of the respondents complained of always experiencing back pain during CPR, while 36% experienced it sometimes. Only 4.5% had no experience of back discomfort during CPR. 24% respondents suffered back injury, of whom 62% considered the cause of their back injury to be related to CPR delivery. Nearly 50% of respondents reported that it was difficult to maintain balance and concurrently deliver CPR while travelling in the ambulance or when the patient was being transported. Results suggest that there is a need to review the support given to ambulance workers to ensure safe administration of CPR, particularly during ambulance transport.
||Hong Kong; health care personnel; backache; ambulances
||subjective assessment; equipment layout; frequency rates; lumbar column; questionnaire survey; work posture
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Hong Kong|
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services
First aid and emergency organization