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Document ID (ISN)104895
CIS number 06-477
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jones A.Y.M., Lee R.Y.W.
Title Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and back injury in ambulance officers
Bibliographic information May 2005, Vol.78, No.4, p.332-336. 10 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) Hong Kong; health care personnel; backache; ambulances
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; equipment layout; frequency rates; lumbar column; questionnaire survey; work posture
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceHong Kong
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Health care services
First aid and emergency organization