Safe Patient Handling: An Evaluation of Sit-to-stand Transfers
Funding Agency: Supported, in part, by the Donald and Pearl Winkler for Stroke Research Institute Endowment, and the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences Program, Agricultural Research Division grants from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Project Description: Workplace injuries arising from improper handling of patients during transfers are a prevalent problem in the healthcare field and are concerning due to the risk of injury to both clinicians and patients. One tool that has emerged from the emphasis on safe patient handling is the sit-to-stand transfer device. A sit-to-stand transfer device is a battery powered machine that transfers a patient from a seated to a standing position, moves the individual from one place to another, and returns them to a seated position (e.g. moving from sitting on the bed to a wheelchair). As many individuals recovering from a stroke find it difficult to perform a sit-to-stand transfer, regaining this functional ability often becomes a central goal within rehabilitation programs. The aims of this research are to explore both the clinician’s and patient’s joint movements and muscle activation during device-assisted and clinician-assisted transfers.
Association between musculoskeletal injuries and the usage of patient-handling devices among rehabilitation physical therapists
Funding Agency: Heartland Occupational and Health Education and Research Center Pilot Grant, University of Iowa, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, (Subrecipient of Federal Award No. 5T42OH008491-08 - Principal Investigator: B. McCrory, Ph.D.; Sponsor: J.M. Burnfield, P.T., Ph.D.; Co-investigators: J.L. Meza, Ph.D.; A.R. Darragh, Ph.D., OTR/L)
Project Description: This is a cross-sectional survey of physical therapists and physical therapy assistants currently practicing at rehabilitation centers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The aims of this study are to determine the prevalence and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), and the associations between WMSDs and specific exposure risk factors such as usage of patient-handling equipment.
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