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An exploratory assessment of healthcare porters and their musculoskeletal disorders

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posted on 2021-09-30, 09:07 authored by Gemma Vaughan, Michael FrayMichael Fray, Diane GyiDiane Gyi
Knowledge of the tasks porters undertake and the risk of developing an associated musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is little understood. To more clearly define the role of the healthcare porter, 100 healthcare porters were approached to participate in a semi-structured interview study, (56 participants recruited). An observational study of 12 portering shifts was conducted with participants who had been previously interviewed. Of these 29% (n=16) experienced their first MSD episode whilst employed as a hospital porter. Of those with pre-existing conditions, 14% (n=14) experienced repeat MSD episodes. Patient and nonpatient handling activities, driving, working on computers, and sorting mail were identified by porters, a finding supported during the observational phase. Frequently undertaken tasks per shift were: administration (70 minutes); collecting waste and dirty linen (56 minutes); and transferring bed and trolley patients (37 minutes). Further risk assessment of portering tasks is required to determine whether they are contributing to porters’ MSDs.

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  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Medical Devices

Pages

133-140

Source

International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2021)

Publisher

Springer

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The Authors, under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in "Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Medical Devices: Proceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conference on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Healthcare and Medical Devices, July 25-29, 2021, USA" and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80744-3_17.

Acceptance date

2021-01-15

Publication date

2021-07-08

Copyright date

2021

ISBN

9783030807436; 9783030807443

ISSN

2367-3370

eISSN

2367-3389

Book series

Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems; vol 263

Language

  • en

Editor(s)

Jay Kalra; Nancy J. Lightner; Redha Taiar

Location

New York, USA (Virtual)

Event dates

25th July 2021 - 29th July 2021

Depositor

Dr Michael Fray. Deposit date: 29 September 2021

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