Heart Wise Ergonomics
Researchers with MicroMed Technology are hoping that improved ergonomics in the design of their new ventricular assist device (VAD) will help patients using this technology live more active lives. The VAD is a miniaturized heart pump designed to provide increased blood flow from the left ventricle of the heart throughout the body for patients in end stage heart failure. The new design of the VAD weighs less and also responds better to body demands like the need for increased blood flow during exercise.
Source: MicroMed Technology
Veterans Affair Gets a Lift
A lift assist that is. OSHA and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cheyenne, WY signed an agreement aimed at reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), particularly those associated with lifting patients. Successes from the partnership may be used as examples for other facilities in neighboring states to follow. The agreement comes on the heels of a 10 year long litigation settlement between OSHA and Beverly Enterprises.
Source: OSHA and Ergonomics Today