Lumbar Spine Forces During Manoeuvring of Ceiling-based and Floor-based Patient Transfer Devices
Marras WS, et al. | Ergonomics | 2009

This article reviews an ergonomically-based study of the physical loads placed on the lumbar spine of caregivers during the operation of floor-based and ceiling-based patient lifts. Ten subjects were studied in a biodynamic laboratory. Using biometric testing, the researchers found that the forces associated with operating a floor or ceiling mechanical lift were significantly reduced when compared to manually lifting of a patient. Further, the authors found that ceiling lifts were preferable to floor lifts due to the amount of anterior/posterior shear forces.

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  • Care Settings: All Care Settings
  • Clinical Focus: Safe Patient Handling
  • Content Type: Journal Articles
  • Related Products: Liko® Lift System
  • Reference: Marras WS, Knapik, GG, Ferguson S. Lumbar Spine Forces During Manoeuvring of Ceiling-based and Floor-based Patient Transfer Devices. Ergonomics. 2009; 52(3):384-397.