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  • in reply to: privacy screen over lcd monitor #47163

    nataliec
    Participant

    Hi – check the privacy screens – we have had people install them backwards….and the back side when facing front will cause glare – it may be a simple fix of flipping them over!- good luck

    in reply to: Birth Suite Nursing Injuries #40390

    nataliec
    Participant

    some of our faciclities use the father and family to assist with leg holding.. Another factor is the attitude of the MD…some insist that the legs are held instead of using the stirrups –

    Someof the newer birthing beds have a more robust and more adjustable leg holder… We have not used a lift of any kind during deliveries –

    Good luck – i will keep watching this as it is a common problem.

    Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL

    in reply to: Lead apron use #40389

    nataliec
    Participant

    There are "Feather Weight" lead aprons on the market –

     Our hospitals purchases their Ultra-Lite lead aprons from a company called Pulse Medical. The brand names of the aprons are Veno-Lite and True-Lite. 

    Another vital recommendation is to use a 2-piece version  – the lower half is secured at the waist, so the shoulders adn neck have less of a load to carry.  Here is a good reference article

     Paul Rothmore, Lead aprons, radiographers and discomfort: a pilot study.  Journal of Occupational Health and Safety-2002

     

     

    Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL

    in reply to: Injuries with Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) #40193

    nataliec
    Participant

    I am a licensed Massage therapist and a PT who now does Ergonomics …

    the Massage therapists need to learn to use their body weight – and when pressure is needed to use their forearm and elbow to work on the clients –

    These techniques were invaluable to me when I was doing massage full time and work escecially well on the quads, hamstrings and the back…

    Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL


    nataliec
    Participant

    Hi Max.

    There is a lot of good advice in the other posts.  Please realize that the 2 chairs you purchased are VERY different.  there is no PERFECT chair that will work for all people…

    The Knoll Life chair does not really support a lot of extension in the Lumbar area…if you are someone that is used to slouching it probably feels more intuitively correct for you.  On the other hand, the Humanscale Freedom chair trends to hyperextend the lumbar area. 

    my favorite chair is the Herman miller Mirra – unless you are under 5'2" it should work great…be sure you have it adjusted in the forward seat tilt position when working onthe computer…

    Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL

    in reply to: forces required to open door #40664

    nataliec
    Participant

    Hi – The attached document is from the Florida Building Code – the ADA section of the code having to do with doors .The answer you need is at the top of the second page – hope this helps

    Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL

    in reply to: Force Gauge #38936

    nataliec
    Participant

    We have used the chatillon for years, but it is very bulky and heavy to use, so we just purchased an ErgoFet and it is much lighter easier to use –  the only down side of the ErgoFet is that it is digital and if you could have any issues with the wiring or the display which should be under warranty – .Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL

    in reply to: Handling Computer Printers #38985

    nataliec
    Participant

    Thanks Rick – I am going to shear this with out IT leaders…Natalie Campaneria PT, CEES

    Ergonomics Specialist

    Baptist Health South Florida

    Miami, FL

    in reply to: Reactive Metrics #43182

    nataliec
    Participant

    Jeff

    I work in Healthcare and we use 2 tools –

    1. Workers Comp costs and 2. OSHA reporting parameters for reporting

    We look at: Lost Days and Restricted Days from OSHA

    OSHA Qualifies what meets the requirements as far as medical attention…

    So a simple first aid visit, with no lost or restricted time would not show up on the log or become a Workers Comp case. For that reason, I also track all repetitive strain injury reports – whether or not they qualify for Workers comp or become OSHA reportable. If you have a very efficient and effective Employee Health Office and good case managers you can make a big change in these numbers.

    Tracking these parameters is challenging if you want to do it more frequently than on an annual basis because WC Costs vary over time..and the OSHA lost or resrticted time can change months after the injury…maybe the employee does not miss time right away..gets medical attention and then ends up having surgery with lost time 6 months later…all this make real time tracking deceiving and difficult.

    Anyways – I hope this was helpful. Good Luck

    in reply to: Lead Aprons for x-ray Technicians #43136

    nataliec
    Participant

    Valerie

    I also would be interested in any info you have. could you please send it?

    thanks

    [email protected]

    in reply to: cutting thermoplastic materials #42573

    nataliec
    Participant

    Our therapists have used a large electric teflon frying pan with temperature control to keep the water bath at a constand temperature that is suitable for cutting the materials…check K-mart, Target or Walmart etc…

    in reply to: Recommend me a office chair #42384

    nataliec
    Participant

    I am very happy with my Herman Miller Mirra chair – very comfortable and more adjustable than the Aeron. Another great chair is the Life chair by Knoll.

    Good Luck and Happy shopping!


    nataliec
    Participant

    Trudy –

    I am in full agreement with you and I will jump into the lions den with you!! … I am a PT by training and after years of experience in rehabilitating people with injuries from repetative stress, all I do now is implement changes to prevent the injury.

    I feel that as a health professionals, we have very practical “fix the problem solutions” and are experts at educating the person on the reasons for their issues and why to implement the solution..This is what we do in rehab… I am not sure that ergonomists get the same kind of experience in working with people on the “human” level. Nothing beats the therapst – patient relationship…and that carries over into my work with our employees.

    I also do not claim to be an ergonomist – and do not want to “be” one per say- as I percieve it as an “acedemic and detached” role for me – I want to be in the field helping people and feel I have made more of an impact on our employees lives as a PT ergonomics specialist than I ever could treating patients one on one….

    I will leave the philosophical ponderings, the technical engineering details and inventions to the ergonomists.

    I can tell you that I have made an impact on the 11,000 people in the organization I work for by being an ergo PT, because I am first respected as a healthcare provider…they pay more attention to me than they would to someone without the healthcare background.

    This is only my reaction and is not intended to pay disrespect to any Ergonomist without a healthcare background…All I’m saying is for you not to discount the impact that we (with an interest in ergo) are having in the arena of making positive change and protecting people from injury.

    in reply to: Self Evaluations #42131

    nataliec
    Participant

    We have an online evaluation for computer users. It consists of about 20 questions. The results are customized for each user according to the responses they give. The best part is that the results are very educational – explaining what is good about what they do, what needs improving and suggestions for improving..

    The site we use is product neutral – and is good in that it does not say things like “you MUST get this device” etc..so management likes that !! –

    I have found it very helpful, often it fixes the issue without any intervention from me – as I am 1 person for 11,000 employees!! –

    There is also a module they can take that expands on the basics and goes into detail on aspects of computer ergo, should the employee want to learn more.

    The company is Sytrio out of California

    in reply to: Is anyone using miniature bluetooth computers yet? #42062

    nataliec
    Participant

    I have not seen one but did check the validity of the items on Urban Legends and it is an accurate e-mail.

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