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Ergonomic Tips for Nurses

The physical demands of working in the medical field are undeniable. Nurses and medical professionals often endure long hours on their feet, performing repetitive tasks, and lifting or moving patients. These strenuous activities can lead to discomfort, fatigue, and even injury over time. Fortunately, with a focus on ergonomics, healthcare providers can optimize their work environment and practices to enhance both comfort and efficiency. In this article, we’ll share valuable ergonomic tips and advice to help nurses and medical professionals improve their daily routines and prevent potential injuries.

Maintain proper posture: 

Keeping a neutral spine and avoiding slouching or leaning can help reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). When standing, keep your feet shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other, and your knees slightly bent. When sitting, choose a chair with proper lumbar support and adjust the height to keep your feet flat on the ground and your knees at a 90-degree angle.

proper posture for nurses

Utilize adjustable equipment:

Invest in equipment that can be customized to accommodate individual needs and preferences. Height-adjustable sinks, wrap stations, and tables can help prevent strain on the neck, back, and shoulders by allowing users to work at a comfortable level. Emery Industries offers a wide range of adjustable medical equipment that caters to the unique requirements of healthcare professionals.

height adjustable sink

Lift and transfer patients safely:

Use proper lifting techniques, such as bending your knees, keeping your back straight, and lifting with your legs. Whenever possible, use mechanical lifting devices or seek assistance from colleagues when moving patients.

Organize workstations:

Keep frequently used items within easy reach to minimize excessive stretching or twisting. Organize supplies in a manner that allows for easy access without disrupting the workflow.

Take breaks and stretch:

Periodic breaks can help alleviate muscle fatigue and tension. Perform gentle stretches for the neck, shoulders, back, and legs during breaks to maintain flexibility and prevent stiffness.

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Wear supportive footwear:

Choose shoes with proper arch support, cushioning, and non-slip soles to help maintain proper posture and prevent falls.

 

Conclusion:

Incorporating ergonomic principles into your daily routines can have a significant impact on the comfort, efficiency, and overall well-being. Emery Industries is dedicated to providing high-quality, adjustable medical equipment that supports the ergonomic needs of healthcare providers. Our height-adjustable sinks  wrap stations and tables are designed to offer flexibility, comfort, and ease of use for medical professionals in their day-to-day tasks. By investing in ergonomic equipment and practices, healthcare professionals can reduce the risk of injury, increase productivity, and ultimately, provide better care for their patients.

 

References:

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). (2018). Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/safepatient/

American Nurses Association (ANA). (2021). Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation: Ergonomics. Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/work-environment/health-safety/ergonomics/

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). (2021). Healthcare: Ergonomics. Retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/healthcare/ergonomics