2012 Volume 88 Issue 3 Pages 81-93
This study seeks to evaluate the effect of regular and new nursing methods in nursing care work. Nursing care work often causes low back pain in nursing care workers. The principle of not lifting when transferring patients has been proposed as one way to prevent low back pain. This principle incorporates the use of the patient’s strength and assistant aids. A sliding seats and transfer boards have been proposed as assistant aids for transferring patients. The effectiveness of these assistant aids in preventing low back pain was evaluated. Ten subjects performed two tasks in this experiment. Five were nursing experienced persons and five were the inexperienced. Electromyography findings results indicated that the new nursing method was less stressful than the present methods. A questionnaire revealed that the new method was evaluated more highly than the regular method. Based on these results, we propose that a sliding seats and transfer boards be used in nursing care work.