Bedside Dialysis and the Occupational Safety and Health Impact on the Healthcare Worker in an Acute Hospital
In an acute hospital, staff from the Renal Dialysis Centre (RDC) transported haemodialysis machines to patients in various wards to enable bedside dialysis. The bedside service was provided for patients who were not suitable for transfer to the RDC due to their medical condition. The haemodialysis machines, together with the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water machines were transported from the RDC to the wards on a daily basis. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the ergonomic stress on the staff transporting the machines; and any other occupational safety concerns that may arise from the transfers.
KeywordsHealthcare Healthcare worker Occupational safety Push/pull force Transporting Haemodialysis machine Hospital
Staff from Office of Performance Management who assisted in data collection. Mr. Patrick Ker, Senior Principal Occupational Therapist and Director Postgraduate Allied Health Institute for advice and results interpretation. Support for conference travel from the Quality and Risk Management Network, Singapore General Hospital.