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The Adoption of Ergonomic Innovations for Injury Prevention: Sonographer's scanning support device
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.
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Abstract [en]

Studies of how people relate to the risk of occupational injury indicate that there is a tendency to underestimate the risk at work compared to other risks in society. Ultrasound examinations of the heart involve a static and very uncomfortable working posture for the sonographer. As a result many sonographers experience shoulder and neck pains which can result in long term sickness leaves.

The purpose of the study was to evaluate how a more radical ergonomic innovation, a remote controlled ultrasound robot for cardiac examinations, Medirob, has been adopted. The study was conducted by interviews with department heads and heads of clinics, responsible for the procurement of the equipment.

The results of this study have shown that it is not maybe enough to solve an ergonomic problem with an innovation to get it accepted and used. To prevent injuries the intervention must also have other qualities, for example improved productivity.

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Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158520OAI: diva2:777985

QS 2015

Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-02-06Bibliographically approved
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1. The Adoption of Ergonomic Innovations for Injury Prevention: Examples from the building construction and health care industries
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Adoption of Ergonomic Innovations for Injury Prevention: Examples from the building construction and health care industries
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A good work environment is important for the individual, for industry and for society. The work environment research has, predominantly, targeted identification of problems and the measurement of the size of these problems.

Innovations to reduce the incidence of musculoskeletal disorder, MSD, have been introduced in different branches of industry, but with limited success.

Few of the ergonomic innovations developed for the building and construction industry have reached a sufficient level of adoption. Ergonomic innovations in the health care sector are of an incremental character and seem to have similar problems of adoption as the ones in the building and construction industry.

Three examples of ergonomic innovation are examined in the thesis:

  • a glue spreader for floor layers

  • a four-wheel walker with a lifting device

  • a sonographer’s scanning support device

The studies show that an ergonomic innovation is not adopted for prevention of occupational injury unless the innovation also has other relative advantages apart from the ergonomic ones. For the group who already has sustained an injury, it is enough that the ergonomic problems are solved, while the other, symptom-free group, requires other advantages in order to adopt the innovation; increased production economy seems to be the most prominent potential advantage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. 44 p.
TRITA-STH : report, ISSN 1653-3836 ; 2014:6
Ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorders, ergonomic innovation, adoption, four-wheel walker, lifting device, sonographer support, floor laying
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Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Technology and Health
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158523 (URN)978-91-7595-417-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-01-30, 7093, CHB, Marinens väg 30, Haninge, 13:00 (Swedish)

QC 20150114

Available from: 2015-01-14 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-02-02Bibliographically approved

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