Evaluating the use of ceiling lifts in the operating room/Evaluation de l'utilisation de leve-personnes fixes au plafond en salle d'operation

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From: ORNAC Journal(Vol. 33, Issue 1)
Publisher: Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada
Document Type: Report
Length: 4,866 words
Lexile Measure: 1760L

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ABSTRACT:

Healthcare workers make up 11% of British Columbia's workforce and, on an annual basis, they account for over 7,500 time-loss claims, 300,000 days of work lost, and a cost of more than $50 million in health claims as a result of musculo-skeletal injuries (MSIs) that occur in the workplace relating to patient care, over-exertion, slips, trips and violence. (1) A new acute care hospital was constructed in Abbotsford, BC and opened in 2008. During this construction, extensive ceiling lift coverage was provided throughout the facility including in the operating room (OR). Given a lack of literature and research, around this important ergonomic engineering control in the OR environment, (2) a staff survey was administered to capture information on the familiarity, usage, and perception of the ceiling lifts. Findings were positive and showed that the staff felt ceiling lifts were a practical and useful ergonomic engineering control, for the OR environment, and that key patient handling tasks were now being carried out with the use of ceiling lifts.

KEYWORDS: PERIOPERATIVE ENVIRONMENT, CEILING LIFTS, ERGONOMICS, INJURY PREVENTION.

RESUME :

Les travailleurs en soins de sante representent 11 % de la main-d'oeuvre de la Colombie-Britannique et, sur une base annuelle, cela represente plus de 7 500 demandes de conge, 300 000 jours de travail perdus et une depense de plus de 50 millions de dollars en reclamations liees a la sante a la suite de blessures musculo-squelettiques survenant en milieu de travail et liees aux soins des patients, au surmenage, a des glissements, a des faux pas et a la violence. (1) Un nouvel hopital de soins de courte duree a ete construit a Abbotsford, C.-B. et a ouvert ses portes en 2008. Pendant sa construction, on a abondamment parle des leve-personnes fixes au plafond dans tout l'etablissement, notamment dans les salles d'operation. En raison du manque de documentation et de recherche concernant cette importante solution d'ingenierie ergonomique dans l'environnement des salles d'operation, (2) un sondage a l'intention du personnel a ete effectue afin de recueillir de l'information sur la familiarite, l'utilisation et la perception du personnel face aux leve-personnes fixes au plafond. Les conclusions se sont revelees positives et ont demontre que le personnel pensait que les leve-personnes fixes au plafond etaient une solution d'ingenierie ergonomique pratique et utile pour l'environnement des salles d'operation et que des taches cles de manutention des patients etaient dorenavant mises en oeuvre pour l'utilisation des leve-personnes fixes au plafond.

INTRODUCTION:

Healthcare workers make up 11 % of British Columbia's workforce and, on an annual basis, they account for over 7,500 time-loss claims, 300,000 days of work lost, and a cost of more than $50 million in health claims from musculo-skeletal injuries (MSIs) that occur in the workplace relating to patient care, over-exertion, slips, trips and violence. (1) British Columbia's healthcare workers remain the third largest sector, in the province, for both the number of claims and the time lost. (3)

MSIs resulting from patient handling are the largest source of healthcare worker injury in BC....

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