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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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Abstract

COMELIO, Maria Estevam  and  ALEXANDRE, Neusa Maria Costa. Assessment of a hospital bath chair: an ergonomic approach. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.4, pp. 405-410. ISSN 0034-7167.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71672005000400005.

A high rate of musculoskeletal disorders in members of the nursing team is observed in the literature. The use of special devices such as the bath chair has reduced the risk of back injuries in these workers and has also provided the patient with greater safety as well as comfort. The aim of the present study was to assess the ergonomic characteristics of a bath chair utilized in a hospital. Separate questionnaires were applied for the nurses and the patients. The bath chair accessories presented several ergonomic problems. The perceived physical exertion according to the Borg-CR10 Scale indicated that a high level of exertion was required to manipulate the equipment (8.33).

Keywords : Low back pain; Ergonomics; Nursing.

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