Having an ergonomically sound healthcare environment is vital.
Now, more than ever, caregivers are working with clinical software applications as part of their daily workflows. But as the use of hospital based software for data entry and manual handling of hospital equipments and patients has increased. The incidence of musculoskeletal injury among caregivers, impacting productivity and the quality of care
Hospitals offer a multitude of opportunities for ergonomists to improve the comfort and health of their employees. Only a few of which have been considered here.
With increasing pressures on healthcare, effective hospital ergonomics will become increasingly important.
To be most effective, ergonomists must be involved in the design of facilities, jobs and work processes, in the selection of work equipment and in personnel training.
Each hospital needs a comprehensive site-wide ergonomics plan and allocate the necessary resources to support this.