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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446258/touchscreen-interventions-and-the-well-being-of-people-with-dementia-and-caregivers-a-systematic-review
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Charlie Tyack, Paul M Camic
BACKGROUND: Dementia can have significant detrimental impacts on the well-being of those with the disease and their carers. A range of computer-based interventions, including touchscreen-based interventions have been researched for use with this population in the hope that they might improve psychological well-being. This article reviews touchscreen-based interventions designed to be used by people with dementia (PWD), with a specific focus in assessing their impact on well-being. METHOD: The data bases, PsycInfo, ASSIA, Medline, CINAHL, and Cochrane Reviews were searched for touchscreen-based interventions designed to be used by PWD with reported psychological well-being outcomes...
April 27, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436232/safety-performance-and-satisfaction-outcomes-in-the-operating-room-a-literature-review
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Anjali Joseph, Sara Bayramzadeh, Zahra Zamani, Bill Rostenberg
OBJECTIVE: This review of empirical literature focuses on the design of operating rooms (ORs) by investigating the physical environmental features of ORs associated with patient and staff outcomes. BACKGROUND: Many ORs built more than 30 years ago remain operational today. However, most are inadequately designed to handle the equipment, processes, and people that a contemporary OR needs to accommodate. However, the evidence base for designing ORs has been sorely lacking, and little guidance exists on how OR design can improve safety and performance outcomes...
January 1, 2017: HERD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434269/electronic-adherence-monitoring-device-performance-and-patient-acceptability-a-randomized-control-trial
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Amy Hai Yan Chan, Alistair William Stewart, Jeff Harrison, Peter Nigel Black, Edwin Arthur Mitchell, Juliet Michelle Foster
BACKGROUND: To investigate the performance and patient acceptability of an inhaler electronic monitoring device in a real-world childhood asthma population. METHODS: Children 6 to 15 years presenting with asthma to the hospital emergency department and prescribed inhaled corticosteroids were included. Participants were randomized to receive a device with reminder features enabled or disabled for use with their preventer. Device quality control tests were conducted...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431235/improving-surgeons-comfort-with-prismatic-glasses-during-cleft-palate-surgery-preliminary-findings
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Hai Kuang, Guosheng Chen, Qitao Wen, Shuai Li, Lei Che, Feixin Liang
PURPOSE: We aimed to observe the effect of prismatic glasses on improving surgeons' comfort during cleft palate surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A within-subjects design was used. We included 3 oral-maxillofacial surgeons and 6 patients with complete cleft palate in the study. One group of cleft palate patients (3 complete cleft palates) was allocated to each of the 3 surgeons not wearing prismatic glasses, and another similar group of cleft palate patients was allocated to the same 3 surgeons wearing prismatic glasses...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429757/soft-electronics-enabled-ergonomic-human-computer-interaction-for-swallowing-training
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Yongkuk Lee, Benjamin Nicholls, Dong Sup Lee, Yanfei Chen, Youngjae Chun, Chee Siang Ang, Woon-Hong Yeo
We introduce a skin-friendly electronic system that enables human-computer interaction (HCI) for swallowing training in dysphagia rehabilitation. For an ergonomic HCI, we utilize a soft, highly compliant ("skin-like") electrode, which addresses critical issues of an existing rigid and planar electrode combined with a problematic conductive electrolyte and adhesive pad. The skin-like electrode offers a highly conformal, user-comfortable interaction with the skin for long-term wearable, high-fidelity recording of swallowing electromyograms on the chin...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424922/assistive-technology-for-ultrasound-guided-central-venous-catheter-placement
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REVIEW
Mohammad Ikhsan, Kok Kiong Tan, Andi Sudjana Putra
This study evaluated the existing technology used to improve the safety and ease of ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization. Electronic database searches were conducted in Scopus, IEEE, Google Patents, and relevant conference databases (SPIE, MICCAI, and IEEE conferences) for related articles on assistive technology for ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization. A total of 89 articles were examined and pointed to several fields that are currently the focus of improvements to ultrasound-guided procedures...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423821/using-healthcare-work-process-modelling-in-hospitals-to-increase-the-fit-between-the-healthcare-workflow-and-the-electronic-medical-record
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David Morquin, Roxana Ologeanu-Taddei, Ludivine Watbled
As with other organizations, hospitals tend to promote unrealistic expectations related to software implementaton. Quite often the real issue is a misfit between the software and organizational factors. Our paper shows how work process modelling within the hospital can reduce this misfit according to the vision developped by the ergonomics and the management of information systems. This idea is supported by two cases in two different University Hospitals in France, in which using work process modelling lead to identification of problems and their causes, and solutions...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423016/evaluating-the-utility-of-two-gestural-discomfort-evaluation-methods
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Minseok Son, Jaemoon Jung, Woojin Park
Evaluating physical discomfort of designed gestures is important for creating safe and usable gesture-based interaction systems; yet, gestural discomfort evaluation has not been extensively studied in HCI, and few evaluation methods seem currently available whose utility has been experimentally confirmed. To address this, this study empirically demonstrated the utility of the subjective rating method after a small number of gesture repetitions (a maximum of four repetitions) in evaluating designed gestures in terms of physical discomfort resulting from prolonged, repetitive gesture use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420807/effects-of-modifications-to-the-health-and-social-sector-s-collective-agreement-on-the-objective-characteristics-of-working-hours
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Annina Ropponen, Päivi Vanttola, Aki Koskinen, Tarja Hakola, Sampsa Puttonen, Mikko Härmä
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of an intervention on objective working-hour characteristics. The intervention involved making modifications to the collective agreement that would limit employees' entitlement to time off as compensation. The intervention group consisted of 493 and the control group of 2303 health and social care shift workers, respectively. We analysed the objective pay roll-based working-hour data for 2012-2013, which we obtained from employers' records, using the repeated measures mixed model...
April 14, 2017: Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420043/-alcohol-consumption-prevalence-in-civil-servants
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Josep Maria Molina Aragonés, Cristina Abadia Castelló
Temporomandibular dysfunction syndrome (TMDS) includes a number of clinical conditions involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the muscles involved in mastication, or both. The symptoms of TMDS include decreased mobility, masticatory muscle pain, TMJ pain, functional alteration accompanied by articular noises, myofascial pain or deviation of the mouth opening. Work with visual display terminals (VDTs) has become widespread in the past several years and the conditions associated with this type of work have been associated with the appearance of certain musculoskeletal pathologies...
April 2017: Archivos de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411739/qualitative-ergonomics-human-factors-research-in-health-care-current-state-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Rupa Sheth Valdez, Kerry Margaret McGuire, A Joy Rivera
The objective of this systematic review was to understand the current state of Ergonomics/Human Factors (E/HF) qualitative research in health care and to draw implications for future efforts. This systematic review identified 98 qualitative research papers published between January 2005 and August 2015 in the seven journals endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association with an impact factor over 1.0. The majority of the studies were conducted in hospitals and outpatient clinics, were focused on the work of formal health care professionals, and were classified as cognitive or organizational ergonomics...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411735/a-practical-review-of-energy-saving-technology-for-ageing-populations
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Guy Walker, Andrea Taylor, Craig Whittet, Craig Lynn, Catherine Docherty, Bruce Stephen, Edward Owens, Stuart Galloway
Fuel poverty is a critical issue for a globally ageing population. Longer heating/cooling requirements combine with declining incomes to create a problem in need of urgent attention. One solution is to deploy technology to help elderly users feel informed about their energy use, and empowered to take steps to make it more cost effective and efficient. This study subjects a broad cross section of energy monitoring and home automation products to a formal ergonomic analysis. A high level task analysis was used to guide a product walk through, and a toolkit approach was used thereafter to drive out further insights...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411728/improvements-in-musculoskeletal-health-and-computing-behaviors-effects-of-a-macroergonomics-office-workplace-and-training-intervention
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Michelle M Robertson, Yueng Hsiang Huang, Jin Lee
Computer use and its association with musculoskeletal and visual symptoms is an escalating concern. Organizations are shifting to a more proactive injury prevention perspective. Accordingly, a macroergonomics intervention consisting of flexible workplace design and office ergonomics training was designed to examine the effects on worker's computing behaviors, postures, and musculoskeletal discomfort, and their relationship to psychosocial factors. Participants were assigned to either group: 1) no-intervention control 2) flexible Workplace-only (WP-only), and 3) flexible Workplace + Training (WP+T)...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411722/kinematic-and-ergonomic-assessment-of-laparoendoscopic-single-site-surgical-instruments-during-simulator-training-tasks
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M Susan Hallbeck, Bethany R Lowndes, Bernadette McCrory, Melissa M Morrow, Kenton R Kaufman, Chad A LaGrange
While laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) appears to be feasible and safe, instrument triangulation, tissue handling, and other bimanual tasks are difficult even for experienced surgeons. Novel technologies emerged to overcome LESS' procedural and ergonomic difficulties of "tunnel vision" and "instrument clashing." Surgeon kinematics, self-reported workload and upper body discomfort were used to compare straight, bent and two articulating instruments while performing two basic surgical tasks in a LESS simulator...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411721/ergonomic-analysis-of-construction-worker-s-body-postures-using-wearable-mobile-sensors
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Nipun D Nath, Reza Akhavian, Amir H Behzadan
Construction jobs are more labor-intensive compared to other industries. As such, construction workers are often required to exceed their natural physical capability to cope with the increasing complexity and challenges in this industry. Over long periods of time, this sustained physical labor causes bodily injuries to the workers which in turn, conveys huge losses to the industry in terms of money, time, and productivity. Various safety and health organizations have established rules and regulations that limit the amount and intensity of workers' physical movements to mitigate work-related bodily injuries...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410594/physical-human-robot-interaction-of-an-active-pelvis-orthosis-toward-ergonomic-assessment-of-wearable-robots
#16
Nicolò d'Elia, Federica Vanetti, Marco Cempini, Guido Pasquini, Andrea Parri, Marco Rabuffetti, Maurizio Ferrarin, Raffaele Molino Lova, Nicola Vitiello
BACKGROUND: In human-centered robotics, exoskeletons are becoming relevant for addressing needs in the healthcare and industrial domains. Owing to their close interaction with the user, the safety and ergonomics of these systems are critical design features that require systematic evaluation methodologies. Proper transfer of mechanical power requires optimal tuning of the kinematic coupling between the robotic and anatomical joint rotation axes. We present the methods and results of an experimental evaluation of the physical interaction with an active pelvis orthosis (APO)...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409765/effects-of-patient-handling-and-individual-factors-on-the-prevalence-of-low-back-pain-among-nursing-personnel
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Seyed Ehsan Samaei, Maryam Mostafaee, Hasanali Jafarpoor, Majid Bagheri Hosseinabadi
BACKGROUND: Patient transfer is one of the main tasks of nursing personnel; it imposes compressive and shear forces on nurses' lower spine. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Low Back Pains (LBPs), risk factors in the incidence of such disorders, and patient transfer risk assessment among nursing personnel. METHODS: This study was carried out on 243 randomly selected nursing personnel who played a role in transferring the patients (58 wards)...
April 12, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397536/infant-carrying-methods-correlates-and-associated-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-nursing-mothers-in-nigeria
#18
Chidiebele Petronilla Ojukwu, Godson Emeka Anyanwu, Emelie Morris Anekwu, Sylvester Caesar Chukwu, Chukwubuikem Fab-Agbo
Infant carrying is an integral part of the mothering occupation. Paucity of data exists on its correlates and associated musculoskeletal injuries. In this study, factors and musculoskeletal injuries associated with infant carrying were investigated in 227 nursing mothers, using a structured questionnaire. 77.1% utilised the back infant carrying methods (ICM). Maternal comfort was the major factor influencing participants' (37.4%) choices of ICMs. Infant's age (p = .000) and transportation means (p = ...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395854/using-the-microsoft-kinect%C3%A2-to-assess-3-d-shoulder-kinematics-during-computer-use
#19
Xu Xu, Michelle Robertson, Karen B Chen, Jia-Hua Lin, Raymond W McGorry
Shoulder joint kinematics has been used as a representative indicator to investigate musculoskeletal symptoms among computer users for office ergonomics studies. The traditional measurement of shoulder kinematics normally requires a laboratory-based motion tracking system which limits the field studies. In the current study, a portable, low cost, and marker-less Microsoft Kinect™ sensor was examined for its feasibility on shoulder kinematics measurement during computer tasks. Eleven healthy participants performed a standardized computer task, and their shoulder kinematics data were measured by a Kinect sensor and a motion tracking system concurrently...
April 7, 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395308/evaluation-of-a-training-program-to-reduce-stressful-trunk-postures-in-the-nursing-professions-a-pilot-study
#20
Agnessa Kozak, Sonja Freitag, Albert Nienhaus
Objectives: The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate metrologically the effectiveness of a training program on the reduction of stressful trunk postures in geriatric nursing professions. Methods: A training program, consisting of instruction on body postures in nursing, practical ergonomic work methods at the bedside or in the bathroom, reorganization of work equipment, and physical exercises, was conducted in 12 wards of 6 nursing homes in Germany. The Computer-Assisted Recording and Long-Term Analysis of Musculoskeletal Loads (CUELA) measurement system was used to evaluate all movements and trunk postures adopted during work before and 6 months after the training program...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
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