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Document ID (ISN)108736
CIS number 08-1102
ISBN(s) 3-86509-480-5
Year 2006
Convention or series no. Fb 1068
Author(s) Gebhardt H., Klußmann A., Maßbeck P., Topp S., Steinberg U.
Bundesanstalt fŘr Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
Title Safety and health in emergency services
Original title Sicherheit und gesundheit im Rettungsdienst [in German]
Bibliographic information Wirtschaftsverlag NW, Postfach 10 11 10, 27511 Bremerhaven, Germany, 2006. 114p. Illus. 29 ref. Price: EUR 13.50.
Abstract A survey was carried out during 2004 in the 22 emergency services of the German Red Cross to evaluate the physical workload and psychological stress among emergency services workers. A standardized questionnaire was addressed to 382 workers, among whom 202 responded (163 men and 39 women). In addition, a subgroup of 98 subjects was followed during 48 working days. Despite a high level of job satisfaction, a low average age (33 years for men and 25 years for women) and a good work capacity index, subjects reported neck and shoulder pain, as well as low back and knee pain. Cardiofrequency measurements during work showed more rapid increases during emergency interventions than during simple patient handling. Salivary cortisol levels also showed similar differences. However no significant differences were found as a function of gender and age. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; physical workload; stress factors; emergency services; nursing personnel; mental workload
Descriptors (secondary) corticoids; determination in saliva; musculoskeletal diseases; stress evaluation; questionnaire survey; workload assessment; pulse rate
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Stress, psychosocial factors
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Health care services
Mental workload