B.C. Matthews Hall
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
519-888-4567, ext. 45513
Key words: MSD prevention in healthcare, field study, simulation, ergonomics, nurses
Timeline: December 2017 - present
Researchers: Sadeem M. Qureshi (Co-Lead Investigator, Ryerson University), Patrick Neumann (Co-Lead Investigator, Ryerson University), Nancy Purdy (Co-Lead Investigator, Ryerson University), Michael A. Greig (Ryerson University), Helen Kelly (University Health Network), Jonas Eriksson (University Health Network)
Project type: Seed grant
Partner: University Health Network (UHN)
Sector/Workplace type: Healthcare
This project is part of an ongoing collaboration with University Health Network (UHN) to develop simulation models from design and policy variables that currently lacks MSD risk prediction ability. Simulation opens the door for management and system designers to understand the hazards associated with their design and policy options; a novel ‘safety by design’ approach. Linking risk factors directly to management and design decisions, and simultaneously working directly with unit and management groups to raise awareness about MSD risk and their sources in their system, opens doors for greater hazard reduction as compared to conventional reactive ergonomics approaches.
The main goal of this project is to develop a methodology that estimates the effects of changing work design parameters on healthcare professionals’ MSD risks, using simulation technologies (Discrete Event Simulation –DES). This project will allow introduction of MSD risk assessment into the prediction of nurse and patient outcomes as a start point to broader modeling of MSD risk in healthcare professions.
- How can MSD risk prediction be integrated in the Simulation prototype model for daily nursing tasks?
- What are the biomechanical loads encountered by nurses while performing daily tasks in an inpatient unit?
- How do changes in staffing ratios and patient acuity, as example job characteristics with MSD risk implications, affect biomechanical loading in nurses and MSD risk?
Implications for the prevention of MSD