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dc.contributorDepartment of Rehabilitation Sciencesen_US
dc.creatorHui, Ling-
dc.publisherHong Kong Polytechnic University-
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_US
dc.titleA study of the physiological and neuromuscular demands on female nurses working in geriatric wards in Hong Kongen_US
dcterms.abstractIn order to study the physiological and neuromuscular exertion levels of front-line female hospital nurses working in geriatric wards in Hong Kong, twenty one nurses (study group, mean aged: 27.33+-4.99) and eighteen sedentary workers (control group, mean aged: 28.39+-3.22) were tested. The physiological and neuromuscular exertion levels of the two groups were assessed with continuous heart rate recording during a whole work shift and by comparing the fatigability of the back muscles before and after the work shift with surface electromyographic (EMG) measurement. The nurses recorded their activity profile at work for comparing with the heart rate data. A Borg's self-rating perceive exertion (RPE) questionnaire of nursing duties was filled in before the tests by the nurses. Results showed that there were significant difference in the physiological and neuromuscular demands between nurses and sedentary office workers in their daily work. The nurses demonstrated reasonably high heart rates (>90 beats per minute in 56% of the working hours) throughout their work shift, which reflects the physical demanding nature of their work. Solo patient transfer, showering and patient turning was found to be the most physically demanding duties in the heart rate recording and the RPE scale. The EMG data showed significant difference in the nurses' back muscles before and after work, which provided another index to confirm the accumulative neuromuscular exertion of their back muscles. Both the heart rate and EMG data were significantly different from the control group. It was suggested that the most demanding duties should be performed with extreme care by the nurses and it may be better to schedule these duties not at the end of a workday, in order to minimized injuries at work.en_US
dcterms.extentxii, 108 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cmen_US
dcterms.isPartOfPolyU Electronic Thesesen_US
dcterms.educationalLevelAll Masteren_US
dcterms.LCSHNurses -- China -- Hong Kongen_US
dcterms.LCSHGeriatric nursing -- China -- Hong Kongen_US
dcterms.LCSHNursing assessment -- China -- Hong Kongen_US
dcterms.LCSHHong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertationsen_US
dcterms.accessRightsopen accessen_US

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