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Prolonged standing is considered to be an occupational risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders. This cross-sectional, multicenter study examined whether Dutch perioperative personnel exceeded ergonomic guidelines for standing in the workplace (ie, not more than one hour of continuous standing and not more than four hours of standing in total per day).(More)
OBJECTIVES Mechanical load during patient handling activities is an important risk factor for low back pain among nursing personnel. The aims of this study were to describe required and actual use of ergonomic devices during patient handling activities and to assess the influence of these ergonomic devices on mechanical load during patient handling(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The treatment of people with low back pain often includes giving a variety of instructions about back care. The objective of our study was to explore the content and sequence of these instructions. SUBJECTS Our database contained information on 1,151 therapy sessions for 132 patients who were treated by 21 therapists. METHODS(More)
Occupational back pain remains a serious problem for nurses. In Dutch health care, ergonomic changes are stimulated through convenants. For acute and critical care, a covenant was drawn up and guidelines for nursing practice developed and implemented. Because of the diverse and rapidly changing nature of ergonomic problems, the process has to be specific. A(More)
Approximately one-third of all cases of sick leave for health care workers are related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) originating in the neck, shoulders, and back. A cross-sectional multicenter survey based on the Nordic Questionnaire for Analysis of Musculoskeletal Symptoms investigated the nature and scope of MSDs among Dutch OR personnel. The(More)
The objective of this research project was to study the effectiveness of a training program for the enhancement of patient education skills in physical therapy. In this paper the improvement of five of these skills is tested. These skills are aimed at a better monitoring of adherence problems during the treatment and at enhancing self-efficacy of the(More)
We are focusing on an iterative solver for the three-dimensional Helmholtz equation on multi-GPU using CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture). The Helmholtz equation discretized by a second order finite difference scheme is solved with Bi-CGSTAB preconditioned by a shifted Laplace multigrid method. Two multi-GPU approaches are considered: data(More)
Manual patient handling has been linked to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in healthcare workers. It can expose the musculoskeletal (MS) system of nurses and other healthcare workers to stress, and may put patients at risk for injury, pain and negative health outcomes. Creating a culture of safety around minimising manual patient handling is therefore(More)