The Impact of a Multifaceted Ergonomic Intervention Program on Promoting Occupational Health in Community Nurses.

The impact of a multifaceted ergonomic intervention program on promoting occupational health in community nurses.

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Appl Ergon. 2012 Nov 12;
Szeto GP, Wong TK, Law RK, Lee EW, Lau T, So BC, Law SW

INTRODUCTION: Community nurses are exposed to high physical demands at work resulting in musculoskeletal disorders. The present study examined the short- and long-term benefits of a multifaceted intervention program designed especially for community nurses in Hong Kong. METHODS: Fifty community nurses working in 4 local hospitals participated in the study. All of them underwent an 8-week intervention program consisting of ergonomic training, daily exercise program, equipment modification, computer workstation assessment and typing training. RESULTS: All participants showed significant improvement in musculoskeletal symptoms and functional outcomes comparing pre- and post-intervention results. Significant reduction in symptom score was observed at 1-year follow-up compared to post-intervention. Symptomatic group (n=40) showed more significant changes overall compared to asymptomatic group (n=10). CONCLUSION: Results support the positive benefits, both short- and long-term, of the multifaceted ergonomic intervention programme for community nurses.
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The effects of resistance training on cardiovascular disease risk factors in postmenopausal women: a randomized-controlled trial.

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Health Care Women Int. 2012 Dec; 33(12): 1072-85
Gelecek N, Ilçin N, Suba?i SS, Acar S, Demir N, Ormen M

Our aim was to determine the effects of resistance training on cardiovascular risk factors in postmenopausal women. Forty-five women were included in the study. Resistance exercises were done with an intensity of 60% of 1-Repetition Maximum, for 12 weeks. Heart rate, blood pressure, estimated peak VO(2), lipid profiles, and homocysteine levels were evaluated. There were significant time and group interactions for body mass index (p = .02), heart rate (p = .04), systolic blood pressure (p = .03), estimated mean peak VO(2) (p = .00), and total cholesterol (p = .00), but there were no interactions with other evaluated parameters. Resistance training has beneficial effects on particular cardiovascular risk factors in postmenopausal women.
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Effects of neuromuscular electrostimulation in patients with heart failure admitted to ward.

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J Cardiothorac Surg. 2012 Nov 15; 7(1): 124
de Araújo CJ, Gonçalves FS, Bittencourt HS, Dos Santos NG, Junior SV, Neves JL, Fernandes AM, Junior RA, Dos Reis FJ, Guimarães AC, Junior ED, Carvalho VO

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular electrostimulation has become a promising issue in cardiovascular rehabilitation. However there are few articles published in the literature regarding neuromuscular electrostimulation in patients with heart failure during hospital stay. METHODS: This is a randomized controlled pilot trial that aimed to investigate the effect of neuromuscular electrostimulation in the walked distance by the six-minute walking test in 30 patients admitted to ward for heart failure treatment in a tertiary cardiology hospital. Patients in the intervention group performed a conventional rehabilitation and neuromuscular electrostimulation. Patients underwent 60 minutes of electrostimulation (wave frequency was 20 Hz, pulse duration of 20 us) two times a day for consecutive days until hospital discharge. RESULTS: The walked distance in the six-minute walking test improved 75% in the electrostimulation group (from 379.7 +/- 43.5 to 372.9 +/- 46.9 meters to controls and from 372.9 +/- 62.4 to 500 +/- 68 meters to electrostimulation, p<0.001). On the other hand, the walked distance in the control group did not change. CONCLUSION: The neuromuscular electrostimulation group showed greater improvement in the walked distance in the six-minute walking test in patients admitted to ward for compensation of heart failure. HubMed – rehab



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