Work Should Not Hurt!

Have you ever had to miss work because you strained your back lifting a patient? Or you were entering computer data for hours using a chair that could not be adjusted resulting in eye strain and repetitive motion injury?
Force + Awkward Posture + Repetition + Long Duration = Increased Risk of Musculoskeletal Disorder(MSD)
Healthcare presents greater ergonomic challenges and opportunities than any other industry:
* Constant operation (24/7/365). This means shift work and shared workplaces are common. Also, most work environments, involve both solo work and collaboration.
* The client/patient population includes all ages, all sizes and all characteristics of people from the youngest to oldest, smallest to largest.
* Many jobs in healthcare involve a very wide range of physical action from positions and postures that may not be ideal and could place workers at risk for accidents and injuries. It is common to find jobs involving pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stretching, lifting, lowering, sitting, standing, walking and carrying.
* Many healthcare jobs are characterized by multi-tasking physical activity with highly skilled knowledge work and technology use.
* The workforce is predominantly, but not exclusively, female.
(Source: Ergonomics for Healthcare Environments)
Suggestions for how to prevent workplace MSDs
* When you are seated at a computer or desk ensure that you are using a chair that can be adjusted for your personal use
o Chair height
o Back depth
o Armrest
o Keyboard tray
* Follow safe lifting techniques
* Change your body position often. Sit down for a few minutes  if you've been on your feet a long time.
* Do some simple stretches several times during your shift.